Physician recommendations greatly influence the decisions patients make, but new research suggests that what your doctor advises isn't always what he or she would do personally.
In a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers presented general internists and family physicians with two different scenarios to test what they'd recommend for patients versus what they'd choose for themselves. The differences, as the BBC reports, were pronounced:
Doctors were far more likely to opt for a therapy carrying a higher chance of death but better odds of side-effect-free survival, for example. But for their patients, doctors tended to pick a treatment that erred on the side of survival, regardless of the quality of life.