Rebecca Kukla, “How Do Patients Know?” Hastings Center Report 37, no. 5 (2007): 27–35.
HOW DO PATIENTS KNOW
Article first published online: 8 FEB 2012
2007 The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 37, Issue 5, pages 27–35, September-October 2007
How to Cite
KUKLA, R. (2007), HOW DO PATIENTS KNOW. Hastings Center Report, 37: 27–35. doi: 10.1353/hcr.2007.0074
- Issue published online: 8 FEB 2012
- Article first published online: 8 FEB 2012
The way patients make health care decisions is much more complicated than is often recognized. Patient autonomy allows both that patients will sometimes defer to clinicians and that they should sometimes be active inquirers, ready to question their clinicians and do some independent research. At the same time, patients' active inquiry requires clinicians' support.