They[sic] survey also asked specifically about things subjects had actually done in the last year. That’s where it gets even more depressing. More than 10% of docs had told an adult patient or guardian something that wasn’t true. Almost 20% had – in the last year – not fully disclosed a mistake because they were afraid of being sued. And more than a quarter of physicians had revealed, either intentionally or unintentionally, personal health information of one of their patients to an unauthorized person.Bear in mind those are physicians voluntarily self-identifying their behavior, in the wild it's probably even more common. I've said it before, but doctors really are not angels.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Honesty in Medicine
Incidental Economist is another great blog I wholeheartedly recommend. Aaron Carroll calls attention to a study of physician attitudes towards honesty. The punchline, emphasis mine: