Journal Article

Prevalence of and factors associated with patient nondisclosure of medically relevant information to clinicians.

Levy AG, Scherer AM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, et al. JAMA network open. 2018;1:e185293.

Diagnostic errors and delays may occur when patients fail to disclose medically relevant information. This study analyzed online survey responses from 4510 patients and found that about 70% reported not disclosing information. Disagreement with a clinician's recommendation or failure to understand a clinician's instructions were common. Patients most often did not disclose because they feared judgment from the clinician or felt embarrassed.