Should non-disclosures be considered as morally equivalent to lies within the doctor–patient relationship?

J Med Ethics 2016;42:632-635 doi:10.1136/medethics-2015-103014
Authors: Caitriona l Cox, Zoe Fritz
“In modern practice, doctors who outright lie to their patients are often condemned, yet those who employ non-lying deceptions tend to be judged less critically. Some areas of non-disclosure have recently been challenged: not telling patients about resuscitation decisions; inadequately informing patients about risks of alternative procedures and withholding information about medical errors. Despite this, there remain many areas of clinical practice where non-disclosures of information are accepted, where lies about such information would not be.”
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