The Hush Post|13:30 pm|1-min-read
We are all in a habit of lying to our doctors. When the doctor asks us things like, how often do we exercise or what have we been eating lately, we tend to lie or stretch the truth. It’s mostly because we want to avoid being judged.
Insights into the doctor-patient relationship came from an online survey of two populations. Responses from one survey was taken from 2,011 participants who averaged 36 years old. The second was taken from 2,499 participants who were 61 on average.
According to a recent study, 60 to 80 percent of people surveyed have not been sharing the information with their doctors that could be relevant to their health.
Besides faking about diet and exercise, they didn’t even speak up when they disagreed with their doctor’s recommendation. Another common scenario was failing to admit that they didn’t understand their clinician’s instructions.
In the surveys, females were younger, and self-reported but were in poor health. They were more likely to report having failed to disclose medically relevant information to their clinician.
“Most people want their doctor to think highly of them,” said the study’s senior author Angela Fagerlin from University of Utah in the US.“They’re worried about being categorized as someone who doesn’t make good decisions,” she added. The trouble with a patient’s dishonesty is that doctors cannot offer accurate medical advice.
The study’s first author Andrea Gurmankin Levy, Associate Professor at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut, US said, “If patients are withholding information about what they’re eating, or whether they are taking their medication, it can have significant implications for their health. Especially if they have a chronic illness.”