Doctors' use of euphemisms and their impact on patients' beliefs about health: an experimental study of heart failure.

Abstract

Doctors often use a range of euphemisms as a means to facilitate communication in the consultation. The present experimental study aimed to assess whether GPs use or avoid the term 'heart failure' and to evaluate the relative impact of the term 'heart failure' versus their preferred euphemism on patients' beliefs about the illness. This two part study… (More)

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