Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why Aren’t Doctors Better at Predicting?


“Studies show that even though doctors tend to be optimistic, their personal observations are necessary for the most accurate prognosis. So we have to overcome our hesitation in giving bad news — and patients and their families need to be willing to hear what we’re saying.”
-- Manoj Jain, infectious-disease specialist in Memphis and an adjunct assistant professor at Emory University in Atlanta, writing in the Washington Post.

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