• WSJ Article about Shared Decision Making

    Asked by LiveWithCancer on Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    WSJ Article about Shared Decision Making

    As I read this article, I wonder how many of us are actively taking part in shared decision making with our doctors. I know some are but are there those of us who are letting the doctors drive all of the decisionmaking where our health is concerned?

    I do take an active part in the decisionmaking, but I don't think my doctor particularly appreciates it. What about yours? Do they welcome your feedback and input or do they seem to resent it - after all, they are the doctor, right?


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    • cllinda's Avatar

      I really didn't share in my medical decisions. I was in such shock that I just followed what the nurse navigator set up for me including doctored to be used and other things I had trust in all those people and really didn't question anything. Probably not the best thing to do but five years later, I am still here.

      about 1 year ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      cllinda, I did the same when I was first diagnosed. It was only after I got actively involved in the lung cancer community and started learning about treatments, etc. that I got more involved. I actually bucked my doctor when it came to radiation - I thought it was the best idea and he didn't. I went with radiation. He still won't discuss it :)

      about 1 year ago
    • JustForToday's Avatar

      Similar to LiveWithCancer I self-advocated after the initial shock wore off (about 2 months). I presented my case in rational and respectful manner. Fortunately, my caregiving team was open to this approach. In three opportunities we moved forward with my suggestion. In one case I deferred to my medical oncologist’s response to my suggestion. Not all medical providers are open to this approach.

      about 1 year ago
    • wmsavs' Avatar

      I have to agree with everyone so far. Initially we were guided by the doctor/oncologist, feeling they are the experts, but we quickly changed all that after joining What Next. I often think of my Grandfather's comment that doctors like lawyers are only practicing, they should all come to us when they can get it right. Everyone here has been inspirational with their stories, providing very positive input to change course with my wife's treatments and probably saving her life.

      about 1 year ago
    • BoiseB's Avatar

      I have spent 8 years questioning my Dr.'s decisions. The first time I questioned the Dr.'s decision was when they decided I was going to die. I got a second opinion. That is why I always say that if you don't love what the Dr. is telling you (or not telling you) get a second opinion. Also do a little research yourself and by research I don't mean google or Webmd. Go to your closest University of Community College Library and ask a reference to help you. Libraries have access to data bases that are not on the public internet.

      about 1 year ago

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