WebMD Survey: The Lies We Tell Our Doctors
45% of WebMD Readers Don't Tell Their Doctors the (Whole) Truth
By Daniel DeNoon
Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
Sept. 21, 2004 -- Do you lie to your doctor? There's about a 50-50
chance you do, a WebMD survey shows.
WebMD invited readers to respond to an online survey. The nearly
1,500 responders told us whether, when, and why they don't tell their
doctors the whole truth.
See what our readers say in part 1 of our three-part series.
Lying -- and Stretching the Truth
When patients don't tell the truth, they don't always think of it as
lying. Only 13% of WebMD users say they have lied to their doctor.
However, another 32% -- nearly a third - admit to having "stretched the
truth" with their health care providers.
Younger patients -- aged 25 to 34 -- are more likely to lie to their
doctors than are patients 55 and older. Younger patients are more likely
to lie about recreational drug use, sexual history, and smoking than
older patients are.