Addressing requests by patients for nonbeneficial interventions.

@article{Brett2012AddressingRB,
  title={Addressing requests by patients for nonbeneficial interventions.},
  author={Allan S. Brett and Laurence B Mccullough},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2012},
  volume={307 2},
  pages={149-50}
}
PATIENTS FREQUENTLY EXPRESS STRONG PREFERENCES FOR medical tests or treatments of their own choosing, even when physicians believe that those interventions are not beneficial. Physicians grant such requests for various reasons. One compelling reason is to avoid confrontation: patient-physician relationships flourish in an atmosphere of trust and goodwill, and physicians rightly worry that disagreement will threaten those relationships. Moreover, explaining why an intervention is not beneficial… CONTINUE READING
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