Oct 27, 2016
This week, we are taking a break from educational neurology and will be stressing the importance of collaboration between patients and physicians. Physicians are critical to healthcare because of their expertise and experience, but medical management is a team sport. It is equally important to incorporate the patient's needs and opinions into the equation. But this leaves us with the concept of "therapeutic privilege," specifically how much does the physician need to tell the patient about his or her own health? In this episode, Jim Siegler steps into the shoes of one of his good friends who has faced a recent cancer diagnosis. BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision making in routine clinical practice. Patrick Green, the patient in this episode, has consented to the discussion of his medical care for the purpose of this broadcast and we are sincerely grateful for his contribution. REFERENCES 1. Epstein RM, Korones DN and Quill TE. Withholding information from patients--when less is more. The New England journal of medicine. 2010;362:380-1.