Cancer disclosure in Japan: Historical comparisons, current practices
Although Japanese physicians historically have not disclosed cancer diagnoses to patients, pressures upon physicians to disclose have increased in recent years. We questioned physicians practicing at a private medical hospital in rural Japan about their current approach to cancer disclosure. We compared their responses with responses of physicians in a 1991 study conducted in Japan, and two studies conducted in the United States, in 1961 and in 1977. Seventy-seven clinically active physicians with experience treating cancer patients responded (73% response rate). Forty percent of respondents reported usually telling patients of a cancer diagnosis, over three times more than the 13% who reported such a policy in Japan in 1991. Physicians were significantly more likely (P
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Volume (Year): 46 (1998)
Issue (Month): 9 (May)
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