Do you "sell" a certain intervention? Is it fair for patients?Created by:
The informed consent is process is one that all patients should undergo before they undergo a intervention. It can be explicit or implied. During the process, clinical providers are supposed to provide the options, benefits and risks of a certain therapy, allow patients to weight their decisions before accepting patients’ wishes.
Although it should the comparison between options should be fair, I have seen clinicians advocate (Medical paternalism) selling a certain option through their tones, body language or their phrasing of their words during the informed consent process. Certain options (i.e. normally the option of inaction) might also not be mentioned. The selling of a certain option may be because of the purported benefit or just because it can earn an extra buck for the clinician
I was wondering to what degree has anyone seen the selling of certain therapies? And do you think it is fair for patients if patients are not offered all options with unbiased tone?