2. I’d like one surgical procedure with a side of pain meds, please

Doctor: Unfortunately, you’ve been diagnosed with [insert scary disease here]. Call this number to schedule your procedure. See you in a month.

Patient: Huh? (shuffles out, looking bewildered)

New research is telling us that the above doctor-patient interaction is not what’s best for patients. Wuuuuuuut? No way. We’ll wait while you pick your jaws up from the floor… Data show that the more involved patients are in their health care decisions, the better. Presenting clear options, simplifying information, and making EMR data available to patients are ways physicians can involve patients in treatment decisions. Sounds to InsightCity like that leaves the ball mostly in the doctors’ court. Here’s hoping a little doctor-patient teamwork will leave patients feeling less like this.

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