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BrainWaves #31 Patient-provider interactions

MedLink Neurology
Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.

Originally released: July 18, 2017

This week, we are taking a break from educational neurology and will be stressing the importance of collaboration between patients and physicians. Physicians are critical to healthcare because of their expertise and experience, but medical management is a team sport. It is equally important to incorporate the patient's needs and opinions into the equation. But this leaves us with the concept of "therapeutic privilege," specifically how much does the physician need to tell the patient about his or her own health? In this episode, Jim Siegler steps into the shoes of one of his good friends who has faced a recent cancer diagnosis.

BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision-making in routine clinical practice. Patrick Green, the patient in this episode, has consented to the discussion of his medical care for the purpose of this broadcast and we are sincerely grateful for his contribution.


Epstein RM, Korones DN, Quill TE. Withholding information from patients--when less is more. N Engl J Med 2010;362(5):380-1. PMID 20130252

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