A recent poll of more than 2,000 Britons shows that many patients do not have the confidence to challenge the medical advice of GPs and consultants.
Following these results, the Patients Association has partnered with Bupa to provide guidelines for patients who feel that they are not satisfied and want their concerns to be addressed.
Dr Paul Zollinger-Read, Chief Medical Officer at Bupa, said:
“As a former GP, I know how little time each patient has with their doctor and that’s all the more reason to make the most of the time you do have. It’s very important for people to feel empowered to ask questions, discuss alternative treatments and to fully understand the risks and benefits of a procedure.
“Our research shows those who are most in need of good health advice are the least confident during their appointments, so doctors must also prompt questions and encourage patients to speak up. Everyone benefits because patients who are involved in decisions about their care are much more likely to have a satisfactory result.”