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US doctors are sometimes economical with the truth, survey shows

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 13 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1069
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Most US doctors believe that they should be open and honest with patients, but a substantial number acknowledge that they do not always practise what they preach, says a new study published in Health Affairs (doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2010.1137).

About a third of doctors did not always inform patients of serious medical errors or disclose financial relationships with drug and device companies, the study found.

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