When patients demand certain treatments

Connected coverage - selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine.

Posted June 18, 2012

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Connected Coverage

Selected articles on trends, challenges and controversies in the changing world of medicine.
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Patients are encouraged to take more control of their health. The upside of that is more engaged patients, working with doctors and others to ensure that they stay in the best condition. The downside is that sometimes patients are convinced that they have a certain ailment, or need a certain treatment, and doctors have to tell patients they're wrong.

American Medical News has reported about what patients are asking about, including common unwarranted antibiotic requests and far-flung worries that come from attempts at online self-diagnosis. We also have presented strategies that physicians can use to help get patients the correct care while not discouraging them from educating themselves about their health.

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