Collaborative Decision Making – Is That Always What Patients Want?


Who’s the doctor here? That was the reply my wife recently got from her medical oncologist in response to a question concerning how long she would be on her current oral chemotherapy drug. Normally such a response would have prompted me to make some kind of “smart remark” to the doctor.   After all, I have […]

6 Seconds To More Effective Physician-Patient Communications


The goal of patient centered communications is to engage the patient in their own health care. While most physicians endorse the concept of patient centered communications, many seem reluctant to employ such techniques in their own practice.  Why?  I suspect that many fear that too much patient involvement will increase the length of the visit. […]