It's not just me.
According to a Wall Street Journal survey, I'm not the only one who:
- has thrown prescriptions in the trash (27%)
- has thrown lab slips in the trash (13%)
- thinks doctors offer interventions (a) out of fear of litigation (52%), (b) to make more money (45%), or (c) to meet patient demands (44%)
- has switched doctors because they consider their doctor's recommendations overly aggressive (7%) (but what do I know?).
It's good to see the flip side to the conventional wisdom that patients demand x, y, and z from their docs, and will switch docs when they don't get what they ask for.
But what does all this say about communication between patients and caregivers? Maybe a Meyers-Briggs-type instrument is what we need, so that we can match patients and doctors by their aggressiveness-of-care/CYA personalities and beliefs.