Thursday, February 08, 2007

Values Play Into Treatment Recommendations, Study Finds
Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 8, 2007

Many doctors believe they have the right not to tell patients about treatments that they object to on moral or religious grounds and to refuse to refer patients elsewhere for the care, according to the first study to examine physicians' views on such situations.

In the survey of 1,144 doctors nationwide, 8 percent said they had no obligation to present all possible options to patients, and 18 percent said they did not have to tell patients about other doctors who provide care they found objectionable.
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