In nearly every medical-decision-making encounter, the physician is at the center of the discussion, with the patient the recipient of the physician's decisions.
Dr. Robert Alan McNutt starts from a very different premise: the patient should be at the center. McNutt challenges the physician-directed, medical-expertise model of making decisions, presenting a practical approach augmented by formal exercises designed to give patients the tools and confidence to compare and contrast their health-care options so they can make their own choices.
He addresses a number of scenarios, including heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer—conditions that pose a range of choices that patients may face about diagnoses and treatments.
DISCLAIMER: This is an educational site. The aim is to present information about the added benefits and harms of compared options for care so you can fully participate in your own choice. However, you must discuss the information with your physician as you may have special personal or clinical characteristics that will need to be addressed with regard to the information presented. We are all unique individuals, and, while the best studies are a start, you must be sure that what makes you unique fits the circumstances of the studies presented.