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6 Ideas That Physicians Need To Explain Better To Patients

 When I was a medical student and resident, my focus was squarely on learning the medicine that I would use to treat patients. I spent far too little time thinking about how my recommendations might be received—or misunderstood by my patients—and the context in which they would receive that information. A little more than a decade into my post-medical school clinical practice–I have an evolving list of ideas that health care professionals – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others – need to better explain to their patients.

Overcoming these common myths will be challenging given the growing diversity (and variable quality) of media sources about health and wellness—but present an extraordinary opportunity to improve public health and the quality of healthcare delivered.