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Relatives underestimate patients' desire for truth

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:658
  1. Doug Payne
  1. Dublin

    Doctors and relatives should tell patients the truth about diseases such as cancer. That's the clear message of a survey conducted by Irish researchers and recently published in the Irish Medical Journal (2000;93:104-5).

    The four researchers—all from geriatric facilities in the Dublin area—found that whereas 83% of patients wanted the truth, only 55% of relatives wanted doctors to tell patients …

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