Doctors have always encountered the problem of how to best tell their patient of a terminal sentence. Recently, medical professions have been more upfront about tragic news such as this. Physicians used to think that by not telling a person they were dying, it would boost their moral and increase their hope.
1961 only 10% believed it was correct
to tell a patient of a fatal diagnosis.
This changed after studies were done that
revealed nearly 90% of patients said they
would like to know the truth of their prognosis.
By 1979, physicians had completely reversed
their beliefs and a survey revealed that 97%
felt full disclosure was the correct course