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Gloomy prognoses: Represent honesty, not fear of litigation

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:46
  1. John M Reynard (, consultant urological surgeon
  1. Churchill Hospital, Oxford OX3 7LJ

    EDITOR—Discussing the worst case scenario is not about avoiding litigation, but rather it is about effective communication—the imparting of information.1 This cannot be achieved without honesty, unpleasant though this may be.

    In the context …

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