Help in making effective choices— a patient's perspective

Baruch Fischhoff

Usually, I want to be a rational patient. To do that, my physicians need to help me understand the probability and magnitude of the good and bad things that can happen to me, as a result of taking—or rejecting—possible treatments.

By “understand,” I mean having cognitive control over the issues that are so important to me. I want not only to hear the facts, but also to be able to integrate them into what I already know about the topic (recognizing that some of what I know is wrong and will have to be replaced by better knowledge). I want to be fluent enough to explain my decision to myself and my family.

To tell the truth, I'd also like to have ...

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