Withholding Information from Patients — When Less Is More

During a recent discussion on oral communication, posted on the Health Literacy listserv this article was referenced.     It is interesting reading…even on a Friday afternoon.

N Engl J Med. 2010 Feb 4;362(5):380-1.

Withholding information from patients — when less is more.

Epstein RM, Korones DN, Quill TE.

From the Departments of Family Medicine (R.M.E.), Pediatrics (D.N.K.), Internal Medicine (T.E.Q.), Psychiatry (R.M.E., T.E.Q.), and Oncology (R.M.E.), the Rochester Center to Improve Communication in Health Care (R.M.E., D.N.K., T.E.Q.), and the Center for Ethics, Humanities, and Palliative Care (R.M.E., D.N.K., T.E.Q.) – all at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY.

PMID: 20130252 [PubMed – in process]

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