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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 64--66

Should a patient with a life threatening illness be informed of the diagnosis? A survey of physicians and medical students in Calicut


Calicut Medical College, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Divya Purakkal
Fourth Year MBBS, L. H. Block - 1, Calicut Medical College, Calicut - 673 008
India
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AIM: To ascertain how doctors and under graduate medical students in a teaching hospital felt about revealing and knowing the diagnosis of a life threatening illness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 850 respondents (200 pre clinical students, 300 clinical students, 100 interns, 150 postgraduate registrars and 100 faculty) were interviewed with the help of a set questionnaire. RESULTS: 70% of pre clinical students, 85% of clinical students and 89% of doctors stated that the diagnosis should be revealed. Women preclinical students, (60%), were significantly less in favour of the diagnosis being revealed than other groups. 81% of pre - clinical students, 89% of clinical students, 94% of postgraduates and 95% of faculty would want to know the diagnosis if they themselves were to develop a life threatening illness.






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