Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Some doctors withhold information on controversial care

Many doctors stay mum on controversial care Reuters/Yahoo!News 2/7/07 "Do not always expect straight talk from your doctor about treatments he or she disapproves of -- 14 percent of physicians believe it is acceptable to withhold information about topics such as birth control, abortion and sedating dying patients...29 percent feel no obligation to tell patients where they can go to get that care..."if you anticipate wanting access to an area of medical treatment that may be controversial, you might want to have a frank conversation with your physician up front,"(Dr. Farr Curlin of the University of Chicago )...Men, Christian doctors and physicians with the strongest religious beliefs were most likely to say it is permissible to withhold information and not help a patient find another source of controversial care..."

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