Thursday, September 9, 2010
Study finds doctor-patient disconnect (USA)
"The heart patients at Springfield's Baystate Medical Center, Massachusetts, almost all thought the stents used to prop open their arteries would prevent a heart attack. But their doctors had told most of them before the procedure that it would do nothing more than relieve chest pain. This yawning disconnect between what doctors say and patients hear was reported in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Physicians say the communications gap extends to other types of elective treatments, as well, resulting in patient confusion and perhaps overuse of some procedures"