Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: I am concerned with the conclusion
of the Commentary by Dr McNutt on shared medical decision making.1 I cannot understand why any physician would want to
“maximize decisional conflict” in a patient already stressed with
an illness and decrease the chance of a positive patient outcome. It appears
that the described process of decision making is more for the benefit of the
physician than the patient.
Waggoner JR. Shared Medical Decision Making. JAMA. 2005;293(9):1058-1059. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1058-a