Pam Curtis (pamc) wrote,
Pam Curtis

This one is important - Patient Catch-22

"You are your best advocate." How many times as a patient have you heard that it's our responsibility to stay informed when it comes to our health? Whether it's Dr. Oz, The Wall Street Journal's column The Informed Patient, or a website dedicated to patient care, all of them suggest staying informed. But when it comes to working with doctors, many absolutely despise well-informed patients. Doctors have such a bias against informed patients that they have a term for it: cyberchondriacs- someone who thinks they're sick just because they've researched too much online. This Catch-22 is, in my experience, potentially deadly.

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