When it comes to patient information, less is sometimes best
Too much knowledge can harmful, writes Antony Scholefield.
One of the buzz phrases of recent years has been ‘empowering patients’. It’s presumably based on the old chestnut that ‘knowledge is power’ because, at its essence, it gives patients access to health information so they can make informed decisions.
But according to another old adage, ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ — a wise warning that a small amount of knowledge can mislead people into thinking they are more expert than they really are.