…Would you take it?
…A team from the Univ of Michigan Med School and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System gave 2400 people a questionnaire to see what they would do.
…As reported in the Journal of Internal Medicine, participants were divided into four groups. The first were asked to imagine themselves as the patient in two scenarios: taking an experimental vaccine against a deadly flu or chemo for a slow-growing cancer.
…Take the medicine or take their chances without it?
…The other three groups were given the same scenario but asked to answer from (1) the standpoint of a doctor advising a patient, (2) a parent deciding for a child, and (3) a medical director of a hospital deciding for many patients.
…Only 48% would take it for themselves.
…But 57% of those imaging themselves to be parents would give it to their child.
…63% of those acting as a doctor would advise it for their patients.
…And 73% o the medical director group would give it to a lot of patients.
…Much the same applied to the chemo scenario.
…In a reaction they call the “omission tendency,” people tend to avoid bringing immediate medical harm on themselves, even though waiting might be riskier.
…Doctors and medical directors tend to take more proactive risks. Action is more justifiable than doing nothing.
…Parents will “do anything” for a child.
…If do unto others is the Golden Rule, the docs said, maybe the Platinum Rule is make better decisions for other than for yourself.