Top 7 fibs 80% of patients tell their doctors
It’s true — patients tell their doctors whoppers when questioned about their health in a bid to avoid being judged, new US research has found.
To test doctors’ long-held belief that patients are adept at withholding essential medical information, the University of Utah-led researchers conducted two distinct surveys of over 4500 adults.
All in all 80% of participants in the first survey, average age 36, admitted to lying about one of seven things, the researchers reported in JAMA Network Open.
About 60% of older adults (average age 61) undertaking the second survey also confessed to being economical with the truth.
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