A survey of some 1,800 U.S. physicians found 17% disagreed, at least in part, with the idea that they should never tell patients an untruth and 11% said they had done so in the past year, Massachusetts General Hospital researchers reported in Health Affairs. About 55% said they had put a more positive spin on a prognosis than warranted, and 34% did not totally agree that all significant medical errors should be disclosed to patients.

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