Many of us make important healthcare decisions with a surprising lack of rigor. Instead of conducting in-depth research one would expect with a potentially life-and-death decision, we often just ask those close to us for their advice or recommendations.
Why do we do this? Because when we start to peel the onion, we quickly experience a data avalanche of disparate and disconnected data points, a wide array of information that may or may not be relevant to our individual situation, but nothing resembling “the truth,” and often nothing valuable enough to help us make a decision. And we get overwhelmed. This isn’t unique to patient care decisions.