Some things to bring back to Vermont:
- Transparency, transparency, transparency. Shared decision making and informed consent are a patient’s right. This includes the physician’s qualifications and a thorough explanation of the risks and benefits of any procedure. Along with that, patients should be informed that 2nd opinions are readily available.
- When walking through the shared decision process with patients, a recording of the conversation can really help the patient make an informed decision.
- Remembering Aristotle’s Ethos, Logos, and Pathos will help us the negotiations we deal with daily. Also, knowing that their is a difference between someone’s position and interests.
- Over 400,000 deaths occur yearly in the US due to medical error. This is a staggering number, and John Nance made a point to argue that if that was the number in any other industry, then that industry would be under much larger pressure to change.
- Per John Nance, “This is the way it’s always been” are the most dangerous words in medicine.