Patients are a source of information and can provide the clinician with some of the more important information necessary to make an accurate diagnosis. As forensic science has challenged clinicians for definitive answers which can be supported by research for litigious purposes, some clinicians have answered this growing demand with becoming more skeptical of what patients report. Thus, the clinician may start to discount the patient’s report and depend more on tests and documented research supporting outcome-evidenced treatment. This trend may be helpful to courts, and deciders of secondary gain, but can leave the patient without proper treatment, hope, and any quality of life. As funding becomes more limited, the likelihood of patients not receiving proper treatment increases and any
assumption that the patient is “getting proper and complete treatment” for their conditions becomes more questionable. As this happens, any outcome research which is conducted runs even more of a risk of error, further misleading clinical judgement.