Patients react better when doctors imply uncertainty, rather than state it directly

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Choice of words might matter when doctors communicate uncertainty of diagnosis to their patients. A new article shows that the parents of pediatric patients may react more negatively to doctors who communicate uncertainty of diagnosis explicitly, such as directly stating they are unsure, as compared to doctors who use implicit language, such as discussing 'most likely' diagnosis or providing several possible diagnoses under consideration.