When do physicians, nurses lie to patients? 10 statistics

Physicians are more likely than nurses to lie to patients, according to Medscape.

Medscape surveyed 345 physicians and 378 nurses/advanced practice nurses, asking "have you ever" questions.

Physician responses:

 

1. Lied to a patient about a medical error: 13 percent
2. Lied to a patient about their prognosis: 22 percent
3. Lied on behalf of a patient to secure treatment approval or reimbursement: 21 percent
4. None of the above: 37 percent
5. Does not apply: 5 percent

Nurse/APN responses:

6. Lied to a patient about a medical error: 5 percent
7. Lied to a patient about their prognosis: 7 percent
8. Lied on behalf of a patient to secure treatment approval or reimbursement: 9 percent
9. None of the above: 61 percent
10. Does not apply: 15 percent

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