I don't really want to get into a debate about semantics. Of course doctors should treat people with respect and not shove things down their throats and ultimately medical decisions are not up to doctors. But they have an obligation to make sure people are making fully informed choices. I think that training guide offers some good insight for doctors on how to have respectful conversations about the issue rather than just dismissing concerns out of hand. As a matter of fact, it stated specifically not to just dismiss concerns. While of course it's biased, it seems like step in the right direction. Better than just telling people this is the way it is, just deal. It opens a dialogue.
I agree with the bolded.
If the talking points can be used in a respectful discussion, it's a good thing. It would be better if people could have more natural conversation, but still, it is better than nothing.
I am less thrilled with the idea of them using it to convince patients to do something they do not want to do. It is too patronizing for my taste.