Third, is the patient inclined toward naturalism or technology? This is not to say that guidelines aren't useful, says Hartzband. Do we wait, and if we don't how do we choose what is best for us and not best for our doctor or for others? Are you comfortable with technology or do you prefer a natural approach? Once upon a time things were simpler. I never want to be resuscitated. Are you a minimalist or a maximalist, a believer or a doubter, do you look for natural healing or the latest technology? Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. They both serve on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and the staff of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? This is the first book by Dr Groopman that I ended up skimming.
And there are minimalist-technologists, who avoid medical treatment when possible but if surgery is required will ask for the latest high-tech robotic. Photo Credit Jonathon Rosen Of course, none of us want to think of ourselves as a statistic. Patients care not only about treatment outcomes and waiting times although these are up there in terms of priority , but they also want to feel respected, reassured and comforted. Are you comfort Although I really liked Groopman's How Doctors Think, I liked this book less well. It is very likely that when those things occur, we will receive treatment from the medical community. Facing death, we often completely reassess what we thought we could tolerate, just to add a few more weeks to life.
Do we put our faith in what our doctors say, or are we skeptics? The authors interviewed scores of patients and draw on research and insights from doctors, psychologists, economists, and other experts to help explain the array of forces that can aid or impede our thinking. Courtesy of Beyer Blinder Belle Jerome Groopman, author and not to mention Recanati professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School , has written a book with his wife, assistant professor of medicine Pamela Hartzband, his most discerning critic , about patient attitudes toward doctors and medicine. I think my biggest critique has to do with the authors' selection of patient stories. Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. Understanding these biases, the authors argue, can lead to more effective doctor-patient dialogue.
Jerome Groopman, a New Yorker writer and bestselling author, is an oncologist who guides his patients through life-or-death decisions. Doctors have so little time to spend with their patients these days and most are not as skilled as these two. Other patients fill the prescription and take the medication — but ask not to know about potential side effects. Do we favor aggressive treatment or do we prefer to do as little as possible? Wie nimmt man effizient ab? Groopman and Hartzband argue that we must first understand what our decision-making preferences and orientation is - are we maximalists desiring everything possible to be done or minimalists wary of over treatment and will refuse intervention unless absolutely necessary ; believers who operate on the premise that there is a successful solution for their problem somewhere and they just have to look hard to find it or doubters who are deeply risk averse and are wary of the potential side effects of any treatment option ; having a naturalism orientation or a technology orientation? One thing I want to remember from this book is the authors' discussion about the different mindsets of patients with regards to their medical decision-making. Not useless, but really that helpful.
Groopman and Hartzband reveal that each of us has a set of deeply rooted beliefs whose profound influence we may not realize when we make medical decisions. Groopman's earlier How Doctors Think. Helping patients assign these labels to themselves might be useful in helping them decide what treatments are right for them. And it is only when we are aware of our preferences and orientation that we can unpack the hidden influences that can sway our thinking and distort our judgement. The readers have done an excellent job as well. This book explains how different personality bents factor into make medical decisions.
History: Family history, past medical history, social history. Authors master the power of story telling as an excellent non-fiction approach to producing an approachable product. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and finished it rather quickly. Do you have family member in the hospital? Next, is the patient a believer or a doubter? We'll see if that changes at all over the cou Quick read with some worthwhile points. I also plan to recommend this to some medical professionals I know. The reason I picked up this book was my recent experience in the experience I was in.
And they help us understand how to improve upon a universal human shortcoming—assessing the future impact of the decisions we make now. Many older folks are submissive without questioning, they need the younger family members that are going to ask questions and do research. Groopman's writings have always amazed me in many ways. Being on the physician side of making decisions is very different from now being on the patient's side of the struggle. Don't some patients want to be led by the hand — while others want more say in their treatment? Linda Emond's film credits include Stop Loss, North Country, and Across the Universe.
Critically, neither approach is right or wrong; the patient needs to decide what is right for them. Doctors have to be very careful not to superimpose their own medical mind-set on the patient. They show us the subtle strategies drug advertisers use to influence our choices. Writing this book also changed how we weigh options about our own health, defining and showing us the origins and evolution of our preferences. These preferences may change after he or she hears what the doctor thinks. Maximalists want everything possible done for them.