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Patients' expectations of the benefits and harms of treatment

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Many people like to be involved in the decision making process with their doctor about suggested treatments or tests. Making a rational choice depends on information, available evidence, but also how the patient perceives the balance of benefits versus harms. Unrealistic expectations of benefits or harms can influence a person's decision making in their medical treatment. [Duration 06:20]
Professor Del Mar and Associate Professor Hoffman published a systematic review on the subject in JAMA Internal Medicine that featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 05 February 2015.

Swan N, Del Mar C & Hoffman T, ABC Radio National Health Report
February 2015
This media file also featured in This Week in PHC Issue: 26 March 2015
last updated: Mar 26 2015

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