From a comment left on one of KevinMD’s posts:
… I generally categorize patients in one of four classes: (1) patients who …completely trust their doctor and want the doctor to decide the treatment, (2) patients who want to understand the possible diagnoses and treatments but who want the physician to choose the best, (3) patients who want to understand the possible diagnoses and treatments and make the decisions about treatments for themselves, and (4) patients who want to understand and want to work with the physician to reach a mutually agreed upon decision. I think that the physician should try to understand which category best fits the patient or parents and then try to work with them to reach a mutually agreed upon course of treatment. This is a tall order, I realize, given the generally limited amount of time of interaction between patient and physician.
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