Sophisticated Digital Aids Could Help Determine What Ails You - Scientific American

Peggy Zuckerman peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 20 19:40:46 UTC 2017


As a patient reading this comments by Dr. Fryhofer, who worries that we
patients might figure out what is wrong with us, and either not go to the
doctor or 'fret" about something unnecessarily, I am insulted.

We patients hear mixed messages about taking control of our health and
trying to define a problem and seek information about it is essential to
the control.  The reluctance by some doctors to encourage this information
seeking role implies that the patient is supposed to show up at the
doctor's office and say, "Guess what is wrong with me, doctor".

Patients should not only seek to describe their symptoms and how to explain
them in an effective way to the doctor, but should also request that the
working diagnosis and the rationale for it be explained to them in written
form.  Perhaps more important that the naming of the diagnosis would be the
explanation of what led to the diagnosis, requiring a thoughtful review and
maybe even a greater collaboration with the patient.

Peggy Zuckerman


Peggy Zuckerman
www.peggyRCC.com

On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 8:49 AM, mgraber <graber.mark at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks to Divvy Upadhyay for spotting this article that just came out in
> Scientific American – on decision support for diagnosis.
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> https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sophisticated-digital-
> aids-could-help-determine-what-ails-you/
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> Mark L Graber, MD FACP
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