Who's In Charge?
Historically, doctors made medical decisions for patients.
Today, an empowered consumer has a choice among the following options:
- To be the decision maker, with input and advice from a doctor or other medical professional.
- To let the doctor or other medical professional be the decision maker.
- To let a trusted family member or friend be the decision maker.
There is no right or wrong. The key is what works best for you.
It may help to know that evidence indicates the more empowered a patient, the better the medical outcome.