Poll of the Week – Is It Ever Appropriate to Lie to Patients?

A new survey published in Health Affairs asked thousands of physicians how they felt about telling lies and stretching the truth when treating patients.

A new survey conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital asked nearly 2,000 physicians how they felt about telling lies when treating patients. Eleven percent said they had told patients something untrue in the previous year.

Though the survey did not ask the physicians why they lied, Practice Notes blogger Aubrey Westgate wrote that she suspects many of them did so because they felt the lie would improve the patient’s health.



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