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Table 5 Nurses’ perception of difficulties in truth disclosure (n = 279)

From: The physician-nurse collaboration in truth disclosure: from nurses’ perspective

Item n %
Fear of patients’ negative emotions or their suicide attempts after truth disclosure 211 75.6
Families’ wish to conceal the truth 200 71.7
Fear of getting into medical dispute due to truth disclosure 130 46.6
Lack of enough time for truth disclosure 121 43.4
Fear of burdening self with telling “bad’ news. 101 36.2
Lack of appropriate room for truth disclosure 86 30.8
Lack of capacity to tell the truth 77 27.6
Other 14 5.0