Dan Ariely

Dishonesty in Health Care

Health care, it seems, is not immune to the dishonesty that prevails in many other parts of society, whether it is the polite lie that someone looks good (despite a hospital pallor) or a more serious deception or omission, such as a provider’s financial relationship with a drug or device manufacturer.

Conflicts of Interest

What can be done about conflicts of interest? It turns out that disclosure is not always a full remedy. Perhaps seeking a second opinion should be the default, rather than an exception that requires a great deal of effort from a patient.

Find out if punishment is an effective deterrent for bad behavior such as lying or cheating. How do cheaters get their start?

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely has written The Honest Truth about Dishonesty. He will tell us what keeps us honest and how we can apply that understanding to healthcare as well as our everyday lives.

This Week’s Guest

Dan Ariely, PhD, is the James B. Duke Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University. He has appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the department of economics and the school of medicine.

His books include Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape our Decisions, The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home, and his latest: The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves.

He writes a regular column for The Wall Street Journal and is the founder and director of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. His website is www.danariely.com

The photo of Dan Ariely was taken by Aline Grüneisen.

The Podcast

The podcast of this program will be available the Monday after the broadcast date. The show can be streamed online from this site and podcasts can be downloaded for free for four weeks after the date of broadcast. After that time has passed, digital downloads are available for $2.99. CDs may be purchased at any time after broadcast for $9.99.

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Air Date:October 11, 2014

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  1. Mandute

    It was totally bad, when a doctor lying with patients. Genuine must be there it relates to healthy life. DrRepute give the correct aspect to the patients of what they want for.

  2. Judith M. D.

    Not all lying by physicians is for financial reasons.

    Look, for example, at the current Ebola crisis. First the hospital where the late Thomas Eric Duncan went lied about his treatment and his premature release from the ER. Then CDC Director Thomas Freiden’s response to Nina Pham, the unfortunate nurse’s contracting Ebola after treating Thomas Duncan. I am disheartened, but NOT surprised, that he blames her: “breach of protocol”. It’s like, when a commercial airliner crashes, the airline usually blames it on “pilot error.” There is lots of lying about when Ebola victims are not infectious.

    Another situation is what to do if the truth might be harmful. For example, if I have a potentially suicidal patient, and I am worried that some truth, say about his diagnosis and prognosis might increase the chance of his committing suicide, what should I do?

    It is not at all a simple issue!

  3. Tom
    Virginia, USA

    This week’s show with your guest Dr. Dan Ariely was one of the best in some time. I was fascinated by this glimpse into one facet of our human behavior.

  4. Brantley N.
    North myrtle beach sc

    Enjoy your program.

  5. Paul
    Brussels, BE

    Wow, excited about this week’s guest! Predictably Irrational is on my reading list. I found it on a great list of important marketing books. I’m about half way through the list (currently: Moneyball) and his is up next.

    Would love it if you could bring up the book with him and maybe get some fresh insights, and if there’s anything in the book that he would update based on his experience in the years since printing, or based on changes / growth / acceleration in marketing in general. A lot sure has changed since 2008.

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