I Did It My Way
Let’s face it, no one likes being told what to do. If you have ever heard the song My Way, first recorded by Frank Sinatra in 1969, you may remember the lyrics:
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and every highway
And more, much more
I did it, I did it my way
The song captures the essence of personal autonomy – the ability to act on your own values, interests, and simply live life as you wish!
Decades ago, personal autonomy was pretty much absent in healthcare. The doctor-patient relationship was one directional – the physician determined treatment and the patient complied, no questions asked. Over time, the paradigm shifted as legal cases established standards for informed medical consent and the right of patients or designated representatives to make decisions about their care even if contrary to the treating doctor’s recommendations. Today, personal autonomy is widely accepted as a fundamental principle in healthcare, with the notable exception of a woman’s right to control her reproductive health.
The internet and social media have greatly enhanced patient’s ability to be actively engaged in their healthcare and treatment decisions. A recent report estimates that around 90% of Americans look for health-related information on the web. Not all doctors are fans of patients who come armed to appointments with information from “Dr. Google” as it may be inaccurate and/or not relevant. But a thoughtful discussion of the information can build a stronger patient–physician relationship – and allow patients to receive healthcare services their way!
Be sure to check out My Way for more on patient autonomy.
- News Break: current healthcare news, Parkinson’s breakthrough, prevalence of exposure to gun violence, and increase in U.S. STD cases.
- My Way: patients opt for less intensive cancer treatment, cancer patients & time toxicity, and end-of-life use of services.
- Let’s Talk: abandoning the Golden Rule, value of shared decision making in colorectal cancer screening, and the abortion pill debate.
- You Don’t Say: including my personal favorite, Paintings by Rescue Dog Named van Gogh Raise Thousands for Charity!
You Don’t Say
Enjoy the weekend!
Suzanne Daniels, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 1416
Birmingham, MI 48012
Office: (248) 792-2187
Email: [email protected]