When surgeons say ‘we can fix it,’ patients may misunderstand risks

April 9, 2015 3:48 PM

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(Reuters Health) - When surgeons prepare patients for an operation by describing how it can fix a problem, patients may agree to procedures without fully understanding the risks, a small study suggests.

"As doctors, we really want to help patients to understand what is wrong with them and how to treat it, and that's really complicated, so the ‘fix-it’ model can simplify the issues for patients," senior study author Margaret Schwarze, a researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine an...

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