Everyday— and hopefully in many other physicians’ offices the graphic representation above is *playing out* in various scenarios.
- How much information do you share with the patient…?
- How do we give the patient enough *correct* or *pertinent* information without exceeding their capacity to absorb it?
- How much is too much?
- Is there such as thing as too much information?
- many will say “yes”
- many will say “no”
- Some patients want to know *everything*
- Some patients want to know “nothing”
What the risk for “analysis paralysis”?
I firmly believe that patients should be utilizing many available tools… both social media based as well as academically oriented platforms… to improve their understanding of their *disease* or condition, and to understand the options available. Unfortunately, many patients do not want to assume this responsibility, nor are they looking for much information from me. This may seem bizarre to the Particpatory Medicine, or patient centric savvy patient or provider, but it is what it is.
How much info is too much info… who decides how much is too much and when do some patients receive so much information that they reach the end of the curve and suffer from analysis paralysis???
Interesting subject matter