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Shared Decision Making – From Patient to Med Student

For years, Archana Bharadwaj, struggled with migraines. As a patient, she experienced a variety of approaches her physicians took regarding her treatment, from medical paternalism—action limiting a patient’s autonomy—to shared decision making (SDM). Although Archana realizes that some patients prefer being told “what to do”, Archana was the type of person who wanted to be involved in decisions regarding her health care. In this podcast she provides suggestions for how we might engage in SDM with clinicians and how to enter into a one-sided, paternalistic conversation. Archana provides insight as both a patient and medical student for how to develop this important skill.  

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