When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests (Paperback)
In this examination of the doctor-patient relationship, Drs. Wen and Kosowsky argue that diagnosis, once the cornerstone of medicine, is fast becoming a lost art, with grave consequences. Using real-life stories of cookbook-diagnoses-gone-bad, the doctors illustrate how active patient participation can prevent these mistakes. Wen and Kosowsky offer tangible follow-up questions patients can easily incorporate into every doctor's visit to avoid counterproductive and even potentially harmful tests. In the pursuit for the best medical care available, readers can't afford to miss out on these inside-tips and more:
- How to deal with a doctor who seems too busy to listen to you
- 8-Pillars to a Better Diagnosis
- How to tell the whole story of your illness
- Learning test risks and evaluating whether they're worth it
- How to get a working diagnosis at the end of every doctor's visit
By empowering patients to engage with their doctors as partners in their diagnosis, "When Doctors Don't Listen" is an essential guide that enables patients to speak up and take back control of their health care.
About the Author
Dr. Wen is a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and an emergency physician at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. She is passionate about empowering and advocating for patients. Born in Shanghai, China, and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Wen graduated from Washington University School of Medicine and won the Rhodes Scholarship to attend the University of Oxford. She has been a fellow and consultant to the World Health Organization, the Brookings Institution, Eurasia Group, and China Medical Board. Dr. Wen has served as the National President of the American Medical Student Association and is currently the President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine/Resident and Student Association. Recognized for her leadership in national and international health, she was selected to Chair the Young Professionals Commission, a group of 25 young health professionals chosen from around the world to re-envision global health professional education. In 2007, she was also selected by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to represent physicians-in-training on the Council on Graduate Medical Education, an advisory commission to Congress.
An active researcher in better ways to improve patient-physician communication, Dr. Wen has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health, the Beckman Foundation, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She has published numerous scientific publications including in the "Lancet", "JAMA", and "Annals of Emergency Medicine", and has served as a regular columnist for news outlets including "The New Physician", "Common Sense", and Medscape.com. With journalist Nick Kristof, she wrote a blog for the "New York Times", along with articles in the "Washington Post", "St. Louis Post-Dispatch", "Worth" magazine, and others. She is the co-author of a forthcoming book on the importance of patient advocacy in healthcare reform, "When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests".
Dr. Wen has been featured in "TIME", Newsweek, ABC News, "The New York Times", "Washington Post", "Teen Vogue", and the award-winning HBO documentary "Reporter". A professional speaker for ten years, she is sought after in the U.S. and around the world, with annual engagements throughout Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
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