Comment & Response
October 14, 2013

Do Physicians Have an Obligation to Disclose the Uncertainty About Harms or Just the Harms?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Radiology, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

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JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(18):1751-1752. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8471

To the Editor In the study by Caverly and colleagues,1 only 35% of patients surveyed reported having a discussion with their physicians regarding the harms of radiation from computed tomography (CT), and only 17% were involved in shared decision making. Clearly, physicians are obliged to communicate the risks of a medical intervention, but must they not also convey the uncertainty in the evidence surrounding the harm?

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