Relatives underestimate patients' desire for truthBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7262.658/a (Published 16 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:658
- Doug Payne
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 …