Taking part in decision-making may raise costs for patients

05/28/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A study in JAMA Internal Medicine revealed 96.3% of responding patients wanted to learn more about their disease and  treatment options, but only 28.9% expressed a strong preference for deciding on their own care. Patients who felt strongly about making their own medical choices had longer hospital stays and higher costs compared with those who allowed physicians to make decisions.

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