Is It OK for Patients to Lie?
This thread is based on a comment by Kelly referring to an article on another blog regarding a patient not telling a surgeon the truth. Kelly wrote:
"We recently wrote an article on ethics at Brain Blogger. What if a patient did not tell a doctor all the information they could about their condition/s? Would that be ethically wrong, or should the patients have the right to keep that information to themselves?
We would like to read your comments on our article. Thank you.
On my blog we covered the issue of lying by the doctor on the thread "Is It OK for Doctors to Lie?" I don't recall having a thread regarding lying in the other direction in the doctor-patient relationship. So here it is. Let's discuss whether lying by patients should be tolerated and if so what kind of lies. Have any of my visitors lied to their doctors? Without naming names, could you describe the lie and whether you had any thoughts about it later and did it affect the doctor's diagnosis or treatment? If you were a doctor and the patient lied, what would you think? Should a doctor rid themselves of lying patients or should the doctor try to investigate further the reasons for the lying? There is much to talk about. Read the article noted by Kelly and then come back and talk. ..Maurice.