Back in the glory days of black and white television, Dr. Welby walked into a hospital room, provided a diagnosis, and told his patient what to do. As patients insisted on more of a role in decisions that affect them, often we now find ourselves in the position of our physicians providing options and asking (rather than telling) us what we want to do.
On the one hand, shared decision making is an important part of informed consent. On the other though, many patients find themselves thinking, “I’m not a doctor. How could I know what’s best for me?”