For any reason, you shouldn’t lie to your doctor about your surgical history, your age, what you eat, how you are using your medications, your smoking habits, how you are feeling mentally, sexual history and all other information required of you during a medical consultation. The outcome if you do otherwise is facing the negative consequences this has on your overall health which is not helpful to your doctor and in particular, your well-being.
This act can make it difficult for your health care professional to provide the best care for you and it definitely poses a risk to your health. Up to 80 percent of patients aren’t truthful with their healthcare provider. When your doctor asks some health related questions, it’s expected you respond honestly. After all, honesty is supposed to be the best policy. When your response is full of deceit, your physician can order unnecessary and increasingly invasive tests to diagnose your medical problem.
Studies have gathered that most people do not reveal the whole truth about their state of health or personal medical histories based on the fact that they do not want to be judged or lectured. Other reasons are attributed to not wanting to take up their health care provider’s time, wanting their care provider to like them, and lack of desire to hear how bad a behavior affects their health. With all these identified reasons, it is worthy to note that you put yourself at risk of being mismanaged when you lie to your doctor. The risks of keeping information from your doctor include:
- Making it difficult for your doctor to provide the right intervention for your medical problem which influences your general well-being.
- Being at risk of life threatening side effects from the regimens and recommendations from your doctor. This might probably create a problem that wasn’t there initially and complicate the whole situation.
- A feeling of confusion and uncertainty to your doctor. Complete and accurate information is required in coming up with your actual diagnosis and treatment accordingly
- Making you go through unnecessary investigations and medications that might react negatively with a drug you are (secretly) taking.
- Waste of time running tests and completing medication, and waste of money.