Eyespy: June 2011
Doctor’s orders—What would you recommend I do, doctor? A survey of almost 1000 US GPs (Arch Int Med 2011;171:630-4) has shown that the act of making a recommendation changes the way doctors weigh up treatment options. Participants were presented with one of two clinical scenarios, each involving two treatment options, one of which gave a higher chance of surviving a fatal illness at the expense of an increased risk of long term complications, such as chronic diarrhoea or paralysis. For each scenario the doctors were randomised to either recommend a treatment, or to choose which treatment they would prefer if they were a patient. In both scenarios, “choosing” doctors were significantly more likely than their “recommending” counterparts to opt for the treatment with a higher risk of death but lower complication rate.
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