Patients too polite to challenge doctors

Most patients are too polite or scared to tell doctors when they disagree with their advice, and may simply ignore what they are told, researchers suggest.

The survey of 1340 patients found almost all would happily ask questions or discuss options when receiving treatment advice from their doctor.

However, just 14% would actually speak up if they disagreed with the recommendation, despite the majority feeling they had the capacity to do so.