Content note: discussion of serious illness, mental health, and patient rights
How many of you, if you went to a hospital for a serious and life-altering illness, would want to know what your treatment options are prior to receiving treatment?
How many of you would feel comfortable being treated with a medication that had not undergone any randomized, controlled clinical trials?
If the medication being prescribed to you had undergone such trials, and the evidence had shown that this medication was no more effective than a placebo, how many of you would want to spend a few thousand dollars to receive this medication?
Would your answers to any of these questions change if the doctor was very nice? Would you stay with that doctor in order to avoid hurting their feelings?