How should radiologists reply when patients ask about their diagnoses? A survey of radiologists' and clinicians' preferences

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1993 Aug;161(2):433-6. doi: 10.2214/ajr.161.2.8333389.


Radiologists must consider several factors when asked by a patient to disclose the results of a radiologic examination. This study represents a survey of radiologists' and clinicians' opinions regarding disclosure of information to patients by the radiologist. A clearer understanding of the preferences of radiologists and clinicians may serve to improve communication and enhance cooperation between the two groups, with the ultimate result being improved patient care.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Radiology*
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Truth Disclosure*
  • Washington