We trust our doctors to diagnose and treat us when something is wrong and we take for granted they are honest about any medical problems that may arise. But a recent survey reveals that some physicians are not telling their patients the whole truth about medical errors.
The survey, conducted by the Mongan Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, reveals unsettling truths about what doctors keep from their patients.
Survey finds doctors hide truths about medical errors.
In the survey, 1,800 physicians were questioned and the results have left people wondering if they are receiving accurate information from their physicians. Overall, the survey revealed that:
- One-third of physicians did not completely agree with disclosing serious medical errors to patients.
- Nearly one-fifth of doctors disagreed with the statement that “they should never tell a patient something that is not true.”
- Nearly two-fifths did not completely agree that they should disclose their financial relationships with drug and device companies to patients.
- The survey found that 34 percent of doctors did not completely agree that "all significant medical errors" should be told to patients.
- Twenty percent of doctors claimed they had withheld medical mistake information in the past year.
Why are doctors hiding the truth from patients?
Researchers noted that doctors probably hide the truth more often than they would actually be willing to admit in a survey. The fear of being held accountable is certainly one cause of why doctors don’t always reveal the truth about medical errors.
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