While it is a minority of doctors, it has been discovered that there are some physicians out there who feel that their patients do not need to be told the entire truth – even if openness and honesty is required as part of their duty to care for a patient. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and other institutions recently reported that not all doctors are sincere or honest with their patients – and this is alarming to hear.
The team of researchers originally set out to see how honest doctors were with their patients – and how honest they feel they should be when treating a patient. The overall survey was conducted in 2009 and involved more than 1,800 practicing physicians across the country. The survey asked these physicians how they followed The Charter’s principles in conveying information to patients and gathering informed consent.
The researchers found that:
These findings do raise some concern about whether patients may not be receiving the comprehensive and accurate information they once thought they were getting from physicians. Also, the researchers stated that physicians need to have a commitment to honesty to their patients and follow The Charter – which dictates honesty and openness among treating physicians and patients.
There are three sections of The Charter that some physicians disagree with, including:
While a physician may feel that you don’t need to know all risks and benefits, there are glaring issues with a patient consenting to treatment and not being informed. You can contact a medical malpractice attorney to explore options regarding your failed informed consent case, and see if you qualify for compensation. Contact Berkowitz and Hanna LLC today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation. Call 866-479-7909 or contact us online to get started.