Disclosing the diagnosis to demented patients

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Abstract

A lot of ethical problems need to be faced by physicians in their dealings with demented patients in the different phases (mild, moderate, severe) of the disease. Both chronologically and in terms of importance, the first problem is whether to communicate the diagnosis to patients or otherwise. The was in which this problem is faced has a profound effect on the medical and non-medical decisions, which would be taken with or without the direct consent and participation of the patient. A recent study carried out jointly by the First Neurological Division of Bergamo's Ospedali Riuniti and the Medical Ethics Center of the University of Chicago shows that US and Italian physicians have very different attitudes in dealing with this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-28
Number of pages4
JournalItalian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Volume18
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Ethical problems
  • Telling diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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