Fascinating post by our blogging Oncologist. Seems that it is often easier for him to talk a patient into receiving chemotherapy, even after a horrific explanation of likely and potential side effects, than it is to get a patient to take a relatively benign and safe flu shot. This despite the fact that influenza is often a killer of patients undergoing treatment for cancer.
How can this be? How indeed! The blogger certainly hasn’t figured out the answer.
Bottom Line. Think about this for a moment. What can this crazy example teach us about working with patients to get them to take rational approaches to their own healthcare?