Thursday, February 9, 2012

Some Physicians Are Not Always Open or Honest With Patients, Survey Says

Fox Business

Doctors are not always open and honest with their patients, according to a study published today in Health Affairs, making it hard for patients to make informed decisions about the best treatments and course of care.

The study uses the Charter on Medical Professionalism, which lists communication topics among its three guiding principles, as the back drop against which physician attitudes and behaviors are measured.

Despite the charter’s endorsement by more than 100 professional groups worldwide and by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the study claims it is unknown how widely the charter’s communication provisions are accepted or followed by U.S. physicians. This ad hoc endorsement raises doubts about the viability of broad-based patient-centered care.


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