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Do patients lie to their physicians? Results of an eye-opening survey

from By Dorothy L. Tengler

In the delicate doctor-patient relationship, not telling the truth to patients requires special attention because patients can suffer serious harm if lied to by their physicians. Not only is patient autonomy undermined, but patients who are not told the truth may experience a loss of trust, and trust is essential for healing. Similarly, patient failure to disclose medically relevant information to their physicians can undermine patient care or even lead to patient harm. A recent survey showed that patients commonly withhold medically relevant information from their clinicians, a pattern that may adversely affect the quality of patient care. more

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