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Study Shows that Physicians Often Not Completely Honest About Prognosis or Medical Errors

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Study Shows that Physicians Often Not
Completely Honest About Prognosis or Medical
Errors
A new study in the journal Health Affairs shows that some health care providers are not always
completely honest about medical errors, the severity of a prognosis or their relationships with drug
companies.
The study involved surveying about 1,800 physicians from across the country in a variety of practice
areas and specialties. Researchers found that 20 percent of these physicians had not revealed a medical
error in the past year because they were concerned about being sued. An even larger group ¨C about 35
percent ¨Creported that they did not “completely agree” if they should disclose medical errors
considered serious to their patients, according to the Huffington Post.
More than a third of the surveyed physicians did not “completely agree” that they needed to disclose a
financial relationship with a drug company or a medical device company. Alarmingly, more than half of
the respondents said they had described a prognosis in a more positive light than was warranted,
according to Fox Business online. More than 10 percent of the surveyed physicians admitted they had
told a patient an untruth in the past 12 months.
The study aimed to reveal physicians’ attitudes about communications with patients. According to the
Charter on Medical Professionalism, communication is among the three principles that guide
physicians. The study relies on the charter’s communication claims as a guide for pursuing more data
about how physicians communicate with patients and their families. General surgeons were more likely
than their physician counterparts to agree that medical errors needed to be revealed to patients. The
study also found that about 25 percent of physicians admitted that they had revealed unauthorized
information about a patient.
There are many reasons that physicians feel the need to bend the truth, according to the study’s author,
Dr. Lisa I. Iezzoni, who is the director of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Morgan Institute for Health
Policy.
A bad prognosis can be difficult to give especially if the physician and patient have a history together,
Iezzoni said. Some doctors give a rosier prognosis than is warranted because it is less stressful for the
patient, but that is not in the best interest of the patient, she said. Hiding medical errors might be more
justifiable in terms of reducing patient stress, Iezzoni said. She emphasized that patients with more
information will be able to better understand their condition and how to confront it.


When you need a Chicago personal injury attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer, Chicago medical
malpractice lawyer, or Chicago accident attorney, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.
                                                                                            Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
                                                                                            351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
                                                                                                          Chicago, IL 60654
                                                                                                        Phone: 312.222.0010
                                                                                                  Toll Free: 1.877.595.4878

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act of 2009 will require companies to disclose payments to
physicians of more than $10. This law goes into effect in 2013. The study points out that once this law
goes into effect, patients will want to have more conversations about the relationships their physicians
have with drug companies and medical device companies, according to Fox Business.
Patients who suffered because they made medical decisions based on bad information from physicians
who were trying to “protect” them from the truth have the right to consider seeking a claim. An
experienced medical malpractice lawyer can advise patients on how best to proceed against a physician
who was not honest about a diagnosis.
Robert Briskman is a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer and Chicago medical malpractice attorney
with Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit
http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.




When you need a Chicago personal injury attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer, Chicago medical
malpractice lawyer, or Chicago accident attorney, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.

				
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