Study shows being more proactive not always helpful

February 29, 2008 1:49:29 PM PST
People who take a proactive role in their healthcare may be better informed, but that may not necessarily translate into better health, according to a new study in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine.One hundred eighty-nine adults with high blood pressure were studied.

Researchers found that those who wanted a greater say in their healthcare tended to have higher blood pressure and cholesterol than patients who let their doctors have most of the control.

Researchers speculate it is possible that the more involved patients were more likely to be at odds with their doctors.