Doctors' willingness to give honest answers about end-of-life practices: a cross-sectional study.

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dc.contributor.author Merry, Alan en
dc.contributor.author Moharib, Magdi en
dc.contributor.author Devcich, Daniel en
dc.contributor.author Webster, M Louise en
dc.contributor.author Ives, Jonathan en
dc.contributor.author Draper, Heather en
dc.date.accessioned 2018-10-15T01:29:02Z en
dc.date.issued 2013-01 en
dc.identifier.citation BMJ Open 3(5):9 pages Article number e002598 22 May 2013 en
dc.identifier.issn 2044-6055 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41518 en
dc.description.abstract We aimed to (1) evaluate the extent to which doctors in New Zealand would be willing to answer honestly questions about their care of patients at the end of their lives and (2) identify the assurances that would encourage this. Results were compared with findings from a previous pilot study from the UK.Survey study involving a mailed questionnaire.New Zealand hospital and community-based medical care settings.The questionnaire was mailed to a random sample of 800 doctors in New Zealand who were vocationally registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand in disciplines involving caring for patients at the end of their lives.Willingness to provide honest answers about various aspects of end-of-life care; assurances that might increase willingness to provide honest answers to questions about end-of-life practices.Completed questionnaires were returned by 436 doctors. The majority of respondents (59.9-91.5%) indicated willingness to provide honest answers to such questions. However, more than a third of doctors were unwilling to give honest answers to certain questions regarding euthanasia. These results are comparable with the UK data. Complete anonymity was the assurance most likely to encourage honest answering, with most of the respondents preferring the use of anonymous written replies. Respondents were less reassured by survey endorsements from regulatory bodies. Themes in free comments included the deterrent effect of medicolegal consequences, fear of censure from society, peers and the media and concerns about the motivations and potential uses of such research.Many New Zealand doctors were willing to give honest answers to questions about end-of-life practices, particularly if anonymity was guaranteed; others, however, expressed doubts or indicated that they would not be willing to provide honest answers to questions of this sort. en
dc.format.medium Electronic en
dc.language eng en
dc.relation.ispartofseries BMJ open en
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dc.title Doctors' willingness to give honest answers about end-of-life practices: a cross-sectional study. en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2013-002598 en
pubs.issue 5 en
pubs.volume 3 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
dc.identifier.pmid 23793694 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype research-article en
pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.elements-id 393187 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id School of Medicine en
pubs.org-id Anaesthesiology en
dc.identifier.eissn 2044-6055 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2013-06-24 en
pubs.dimensions-id 23793694 en


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