Physicians' attitudes to and problems with truth-telling to cancer patients

  title={Physicians' attitudes to and problems with truth-telling to cancer patients},
  author={Luigi Grassi and Tullio Giraldi and Elisa Messina and Katia Magnani and Elisabeth Valle and Giuseppe Cartei},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
 Disclosure of a diagnosis of cancer to patients is a major problem among physicians in Italy. The aim of the study was to assess physicians' attitudes to and opinions about disclosure. A convenience sample of 675 physicians in Udine (North Italy) completed a ten-item questionnaire. About 45% indicated that, in principle, patients should always be informed of the diagnosis, but only 25% reported that they always disclosed the diagnosis in practice. Physicians with a surgical specialization… CONTINUE READING

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