To Tell or Not to Tell the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis
Lancet. 1985 Jul 6; 2(8445): 27-28.
In a study initiated by the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 83% of a group of multiple sclerosis patients were found through interviews to believe they had a "basic right" to be told the true nature of their diagnosis. All of the patients agreed that the consultant physician, and not family members or paramedical personnel, should inform the patient. The authors comment that reasons for withholding the diagnosis center around the fear of causing depression or even suicide, and the desire to maintain hope. However, the burden of proof should be accepted by those who advocate a policy of non-disclosure. (KIE abstract)
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To Tell or Not to Tell the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis Elian, Marta; Dean, Geoffrey (1985-07-06)