Thursday, 8 January 2015

Honesty in Medicine

-Jennifer Derwey

Would legislation that requires doctors to conceal information or conceal their professional and morally based opinions be in the best interest of the doctor patient relationship? Consider this from Dr. James F. Drane, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinboro Pennsylvania:

Not telling the truth in the doctor-patient relationship requires special attention because patients today, more than ever, experience serious harm if they are lied to. Not only is patient autonomy undermined but patients who are not told the truth about an intervention experience a loss of that all important trust which is required for healing. Honesty matters to patients. They need it because they are ill, vulnerable, and burdened with pressing questions which require truthful answers. 
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