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Some physicians not always honest with patients

Health Affairs Blog, February 9, 2012

Despite wide institutional acceptance of a medical professionalism charter that endorses openness and honesty in physicians' interactions with patients, not all doctors comply, according to a survey whose results are published in the February 2012 issue of Health Affairs, released Wednesday. Although about two-thirds of doctors responding to the survey did agree that they should disclose serious medical errors to patients, about one-third did not completely agree that they should.