By Joe Messa
A recent study revealed that about 10 percent of physicians surveyed are not always honest with their patients. The article, published in the journal Health Affairs, questioned almost 1,900 physicians from different practice areas to detail what information they thought they needed to disclose to patients.
Doctors were most likely to lie to patients about whether they committed any significant medical errors and whether they have a financial relationship with a drug or device company. According to the results of the survey, nearly one third of the physicians admitted that they didn’t agree with being honest with patients about serious medical errors. About 40 percent said they didn’t think it was necessary to tell patients about relationships or financial ties they have to drug or device companies. Approximately 20 percent of the doctors surveyed said they didn’t think they always had to be entirely truthful with patients. More than half of the doctors also said they did discuss all the risks or benefits of specific medical procedures with patients.
Doctors reported not wanting to disclose medical errors, especially if their mistakes didn’t cause any significant harm to patients, but the article’s authors suggested “informing patients fully about medical errors can reduce anger and lessen patients’ interest in bringing malpractice lawsuits.”
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Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More