Archive - Feb 26, 2012

Archive - Feb 26, 2012

Cardiologists Often Fail to Communicate ICD Impact

When communicating with patients about implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), cardiologists often misrepresent and omit information about the associated psychological and long-term risks, according to research published online Feb. 18 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

To assess patient-physician communication at the time of the decision to implant an ICD, Paul J. Hauptman, MD, of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and colleagues recruited 11 cardiologists and 41 patients with ICDs (mean age 61.4 years) for a study comprising eight patient focus groups and 22 standardized patient interviews with cardiologists.

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