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.
See what the experts say in part 2 of our three-part series.
What the Experts Say
WebMD discussed the survey results with three experts:
- Ethicist Arthur Caplan, PhD, chair of the department
of medical ethics and director of the Center for Bioethics at the University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
- Psychiatrist and ethicist Robert Klitzman, MD, who is
assistant clinical professor and co-director of the Center for Bioethics at
Columbia University, in New York. He's an expert in issues of privacy and
disclosure of medical information. Among other titles, Klitzman is author of
Mortal Secrets: Truth and Lies in the Age of AIDS.
- David L. Roberts, MD, who is associate
professor of internal medicine at Emory University, in Atlanta, and medical
director of the Emory executive health program.
WebMD: Is there ever a good reason to lie to your doctor?
Caplan: "There are reasons why it might make sense to lie to your doctor,
even though it may hurt your medical care. The model in our mind of who looks at
our records is outmoded. We really don't have as much privacy as we like to
believe we do, and patients tend to know that.