On Truth Telling & the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
Erde E L~~Nadal E C~~Scholl T O
Following either of 2 ethical approaches, a strong rights-oriented or a best-outcome position, lead to the conclusion that patients ought to be told that they have Alzheimer’s disease. Over 90% of 224 adult patients waiting to see their physicians wanted to be told; reasons included planning for care, obtaining a second opinion, & settling family matters. A case description made several patients feel suicidal, but reactions to not being told were mostly negative.