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Patients' wishes 'ignored'

9th November 2012

Research carried out by Dartmouth College has indicated that doctors are failing to really listen to patients’ views on how they want to be treated.

Published in the British Medical Journal, it says working out a patient’s preferences are as important as an accurate medical diagnosis and involvement of the patient in discussion about treatment could also be a cost-effective step in helping reduce the amount spent on healthcare around the world. The research team said that misinterpreting or ignoring the patient’s wishes remains a significant problem which is damaging to doctors and patients.

 

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