Patients that lie to their doctors.


Summary: Patients often lie to doctors to appear more disciplined that they really are. This article touches upon reasons why patients lie, such as

  1. A patient who exaggerates symptoms may get an appointment sooner than if he or she tells the truth.

2. Patients may provoke their doctors to order more extensive diagnostic procedures.

3. They may lie to obtain secondary gain, to protect their careers or to acquire affordable health insurance.

A 2004 WebMD survey found that 45 percent of the 1,500 respondents admitted to lying to their physicians.

4. The primary reason half of those who lie do so is to avoid judgment by the doctor.

-Thirty-eight percent lied about following doctors’ orders,

-32 percent lied about diet and exercise,

-22 percent lied about smoking, 16 percent lied about alcohol consumption

– 12 percent lied about illicit drug use.

how to tell if patients are lying

Article more towards doctors on how to detect lies from patients. Could be used as a rebuttal–how about doctors make sure patients tell the truth–or make them feel more comfortable because the statistics shows 1 out of every 4 lie; therefore doctors much perform accordingly.

book summary

Book tells us reasons why patients lie and why doctors lie.

why patients lie

Article defines lying and talks about types of lies that are apparent in clinics by doctors AND patients.

doctors-over simplify something, minimize problems, mislead patients, and even lie because they avoid delivering bad news.

Patient’s lie : “may minimize or exaggerate symptoms or avoid key clinical issues. Malingering (the conscious simulation or feigning of symptoms for secondary gain) is another form of lying frequently found in forensic and clinical settings. Patients, for example, lie about symptoms to obtain disability or access to controlled medication or to avoid incarceration or other undesired legal consequences of their actions.”

wall street journal

survey articl

another article

they dont want to be judged





____________________________Additional sources

It is evident that some people have advantages over others, enabling them to get jobs, good service, and live a more fortunate life.  Many advantages include being born into a wealthy family, being able to drive a car, and getting a great education. While these factors heavily affect the outcome of people’s lives; one of important things that can affect an individual’s life is the ability to communicate, which is rooted back where the child is born and how their parents taught them to talk.

Communication not only lets people express themselves, it affects how the individual is treated and how far they go in life. In my research, I hope to find how the way we speak affects how we work with others and how it affects the outcomes in people’s lives.


Background: This article talks about how patients from poor backgrounds don’t get the best service from doctors because of their lack of communications skills, making the doctors serve them to the best ability.

How I intend to use it: Shows that people from poor families don’t get the most out of services from doctors, and maybe from other services as well because of their lack of communication skills.

Click to access v013p00330.pdf

Background:This article is about a study of surgical team members to see how communication affects their performance, they team that was unable to communicate affectively had poor results and failures.

How I intend to use this: I’m going to use this to show that they way we talk to other people may result in failures, whether it is during surgery or in a job interview.

Background: Korean culture affects performance of airplane pilots’ communication, which resulted in plane crashes.

How I intend to use this: To show that family background and culture affects how people perform and how they interact with other people.

Background: The way family raise the child can affect how successful a child can be. For example, rich families tend to spend more time with their kids, giving the kids better communications skills for school and the work field.

How I intend to use this: To show how the actions of parents heavily weigh the child’s ability to communicate in school and in the work field.

Background: How a parent treat his/her child, affects the child’s communication skills and their behavior.

How I intend to use this: How parents affect how children behave and talk.


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1 Response to Proposal+5—wildcuttlefish

  1. wildcuttlefish says:


    1. Individually, people may define the American dream differently but the main point is people can move up social classes or change their living standard through sweat and hard work. However, that success is often dependent on what family we are born into. One advantage that prove to be vital in life is the ability to communicate effectively, not to just express ourselves but to corporate with other people well. Whether someone has effective communication skills for success or is affected by his/her culture, parents, and amount of wealth he/she have.

    2. Rarely do children exceed the social status of their parents by much. When they do, the common denominator is an enhanced ability to communicate, making it an essential key for success. People often underestimate the power of communication and what it can do for them. For instance, our words can lead to great movements, persuade people, and it can have people support and help us. However, those words can have so much power if people can communicate effectively, which is is not the case for everyone. As crucial as communication skills are, our parents, the amount of wealth we have, and the culture we live in may affect the way we speak.


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