"Truth telling" and cultural assumptions in an era of informed consent

Fam Community Health. 2007 Jan-Mar;30(1):5-15. doi: 10.1097/00003727-200701000-00003.


Patient and healthcare provider communication is vital in cancer care and aspects of the patients' experiences provide valuable insight to what constitutes effective cancer communication. In this article we describe the communication experiences of patients from nondominant cultures who accessed Canadian-based cancer services. The findings enabled us to thoughtfully reflect on Western ideals about autonomy and responsibility and their relationship to informed consent in the context of cancer communication.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • British Columbia
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent*
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / therapy
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Truth Disclosure*