A study finds that while a majority of doctors believe they should disclose significant medical errors to patients, some won't for fear of being sued.
The results appear in the February issue of journal Health Affairs. Researchers conducted the poll in 2009 and 1,891 doctors answered anonymously. The results revealed that 66% completely agreed that they should fully disclose all significant medical errors to patients. The survey also reports that 89% of doctors did not tell a patient something untrue over the past year. But when asked if they have not disclosed a mistake because of worries that they would be sued, 20% replied that they have withheld information over the past year.