33% of doctors said they don’t share
serious medical errors with their patients.
Dr. Otis Webb Brawley discusses a survey published in Health Affairs, a health policy journal:
The survey found that although two-thirds of doctors agree they should share serious medical errors with their patients, one-third did not completely agree. Nearly two-fifths of the respondents said they did not disclose their financial relationships with drug and device companies. And more than 55% of physicians said they often or sometimes described a patient’s prognosis in a more positive manner than the facts might support.
These survey results are unsettling. We all want to think of medicine as an honorable profession and that the people in it work with integrity.
While we should all be appalled that a doctor would deceive or lie to a patient, we should also look beyond the white coat for an explanation. While it is not a vindication, the fact is physicians are human. They have all the feelings and failings of humans.
Read more: Dishonest doctors: Why physicians lie, CNN Health>>
– Survey Shows That At Least Some Physicians Are Not Always Open Or Honest With Patients, Health Affairs>>
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