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The doctor-patient give-and-take

Doctors and their patients don’t always speak the same language, but how they communicate can significantly influence medical outcomes.

Phillip K. Peterson, M.D., knows this well. That’s why the longtime Department of Medicine professor, who completed his infectious disease fellowship training at the University, wrote Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head: 10 Commonsense Rules for Making Better Decisions about Medical Care.

The book provides advice about how patients should take into account their doctor’s recommendations in an increasingly complicated medical world.

“My goal [for] this book is to improve communication between patients and doctors so patients can be in the driver’s seat of their personal medical decisions,” says Peterson, who also shares a personal story of being on the other side of the stethoscope. “In today’s era of shared decision making, it’s critical that you have language and information you can understand, and I think that’s what I did in this book.”

Get Inside Your Doctor’s Head is available through

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