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Slowther, Anne. Truth-telling in health care
2009, Clinical Ethics 4 (4):173-175.
Added by: Clotilde Torregrossa, Contributed by: Simon Fokt

Abstract: This article is about the description of all the situations in which clinician find difficult to tell the truth to patients regarding their condition. Moral importance of telling the truth is recognized in both moral theory and in the practical reality of everyday living. However, empirical studies continue to show that health- care professional identify the question of truth-telling and disclosure as a source of moral and psychological discomfort in many situations. Other situation creating difficulties for clinicians are not related directly to the patient’s wants or needs regarding their illness but to wider issues such as disclosure of medical error and identifying poor performance in colleagues.

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