Truth telling in the case of a pessimistic diagnosis in Japan

Lancet. 1999 Oct 9;354(9186):1263. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(99)02802-0.

Abstract

We investigated how physicians in Japan convey a poor prognosis of advanced cancer. Physicians tended to give patients optimistic accounts of their prognosis, while they were inclined to give the families pessimistic accounts.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Prognosis
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Truth Disclosure*