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In a survey of 940 primary-care physicians evaluating one of two hypothetical medical scenarios, it is found out that doctors when given a chance to choose for themselves, were more likely to choose for treatments with a higher chance of death though lower danger of side effects. However, the study doesn’t necessary mean that physicians always make less risky decisions for their patients than for themselves.

The study had given patients a glimpse to not ask advice from a doctor if he/she doesn’t understand you a little better including your perception of the quality of life and length of life.


The  research author Dr. Peter Ubel, an internist and behavioral scientist at Duke University further said that “when you put on the doctor’s hat (or should I say, scrubs uniforms), it changes how your decide.” Yet it is still important that doctors should consider in their decisions their patients' perception and values, and not only their own insights and principles, eh.

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