In the era of patient-centered care, some argue that physicians should refrain from advising patients or recommending a treatment course and instead should neutrally present all the options and leave the final decision making exclusively to patients. We and others think that in a strong physician-patient relationship, physicians should use their medical knowledge and experience to make recommendations to help patients make better-informed choices regarding their treatment.1 Patients may be the ultimate deciders of which treatment to initiate but they need physician expertise and guidance to make the best choices.
Shaban E, Guerry R, Quill TE. Reconciling Physician Bias and RecommendationsComment on “Physicians Recommend Different Treatments for Patients Than They Would Choose for Themselves”. Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(7):634-635. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.98