(NBC News) – Many patients are not being honest with their doctor.
In a joint study from the University of Utah Health, Middlesex Community College, University of Michigan and the University of Iowa, researchers studied the survey responses from over 4,500 people.
Roughly half said they did not tell their doctor if they were experiencing life-threatening issues.
This included being a sexual assault victim, facing threats of domestic violence, struggling with depression or having suicidal thoughts.
The biggest reasons given for the lack of disclosure were embarrassment and fear of being judged.
Younger patients and women were more likely to withhold information.