Episode 091: Do Doctors Unintentionally Limit Their Patients?

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Mrs. Jones, your injury means you’ll never dance with the Bolshoi. Photo by mthaeg

Listener Brett leaves us a voicemail in the hopes he’ll receive a Starbucks gift card, and he wins, so we play his message (apparently recorded from the scene of a horrific car accident). Brett, don’t forget to send us an address to which we can send your reward, and we hope your injuries heal up nicely.

Then Eric Wilson, Lisa Wehr, and Cory Christensen discuss: when doctors try to manage their patients’ expectations of what they can accomplish after an illness or injury, are they limiting their patients?  Should they encourage them to reach for a great result rather than just a reasonable one?

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