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

Andrea Borondy Kitts borondy at MSN.COM
Thu Jul 20 20:07:31 UTC 2017


Thank you Peggy. I couldn't have said it better. I totally agree.

andrea

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On Jul 20, 2017, at 3:42 PM, Peggy Zuckerman <peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM<mailto:peggyzuckerman at GMAIL.COM>> wrote:

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


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

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sophisticated-digital-aids-could-help-determine-what-ails-you/


Mark L Graber, MD FACP
President, SIDM
Senior Fellow, RTI International
Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, NY

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