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Survey: Small Number of Physicians Admit Lying to Their Patients

by Kathy Jones on February 11, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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 Survey: Small Number of Physicians Admit Lying to Their Patients

A new survey reveals that around 10 percent of physicians in the United States admitted saying to their patients something that was not true.

Researchers from the Harvard Medical School surveyed more than 1,800 practicing physicians in the US and found that around 10 percent admitted lying to their patients, over 30 percent did not agree that they should disclose any medical errors to their patients while over 40 percent believed that they should not reveal their financial relationships with drug companies to their patients.

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"Our findings raise concerns that some patients might not receive complete and accurate information from their physicians, and doubts about whether patient-centered care is broadly possible without more widespread physician endorsement of the core communication principles of openness and honesty with patients", lead researcher Lisa Iezzoni said.

The survey is published in the journal Health Affairs.


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