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Treatment options: can a patient demand one over another?

Patient choice is important in clinical decision-making, but not the only consideration

Patient choice is an important part of the clinical decision-making process, but not the only consideration

Sometimes people believe that they have healthcare rights that in fact do not exist, and being able to demand a specific treatment is a common one.

Considering treatment options is a key part of the clinical decision-making process. After this process, one or more treatment options may be offered to the patient, but a healthcare practitioner can only offer a treatment that they believe has a discernible benefit for their patient.

How does patient choice affect treatment?

When a patient has been offered more than one treatment option they are able to make a choice based on the information they have

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