A New York Times article describes the difficulty that modern patients have in wading through the overabundance of available health information and making their own health decisions.
“A generation ago, patients argued for more information, more choice and more say about treatment. To a great extent, that is exactly what they have received: a superabundance of information, often several treatment options and the right to choose among them. As this new responsibility dawns on patients, some embrace it with a sense of pride and furious determination. But many find the job of being a modern patient, with its slog through medical uncertainty, to be lonely, frightening and overwhelming.”
Jan Hoffman. “Awash in Information, Patients Face a Lonely, Uncertain Road” New York Times