Does truth-telling influence patients’ psychological distress?

Wilkinson, Susie, Fellowes, Deborah and Leliopoulou, Chrysi ORCID logoORCID: (2005) Does truth-telling influence patients’ psychological distress? European Journal of Palliative Care, 12 (3) . pp. 124-126. ISSN 1352-2779 [Article]


Psychological distress is estimated to affect 25–30% of patients when given a cancer diagnosis and/or told of recurrence.1 It has been suggested that this distress could be lessened if healthcare professionals (HCPs) were truthful and open with patients about their diagnosis and prognosis. However, disclosure is complex and is compounded by the ethnicity and culture of the patient and/or HCP.2 Death also remains a taboo subject in many cultures and many HCPs find it difficult to give patients honest answers to their questions.

Item Type: Article
Sustainable Development Goals:
Additional Information: Dire la vérité aux patients: l'impact psychologique
Keywords (uncontrolled): Information communication, Diagnosis, Impact study, Information, Patient, Physician, Professional practice, Psychology, Palliative care
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 36063
Depositing User: Chrysi Leliopoulou
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2022 09:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2022 14:36

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