The vast majority of people fib to the doctor. Why?

(Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan/ Futurity) — Between 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a new study.

Besides fibbing about diet and exercise, more than a third of respondents didn’t speak up when they disagreed with their doctor’s recommendation. Another common scenario was failing to admit they didn’t understand their clinician’s instructions.

“While the idea that patients may not share everything with their clinicians is perhaps to be expected, we were surprised at how common it appears to be for patients to withhold information or beliefs,” says study co-author Brian Zikmund-Fisher, associate professor of health behavior and health education at the University of Michigan. (…)

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