Doctors often misdiagnose patient treatment preferences

The doctor doesn't always know what's best. According to a new BMJ Group study, providers often ignore patient preferences in their treatment, leading to a "silent misdiagnosis." There's a gap between what patients want and what doctors think they want, according to Albert Mulley from The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, as well as Chris Trimble and Glyn Elwyn from Cardiff University in Wales. For example, physicians in one study thought the number one priority for 71 percent of breast cancer patients was keeping their breast, but it was actually only 7 percent. Another study showed that when patients with benign prostate disease were informed about the risks of sexual dysfunction, 40 percent fewer of them preferred surgery. Researchers noted patients must be informed of all the risks and benefits of treatment, which can greatly affect their preferences. --Read the full story from FierceHealthcare

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