I guess we may have suspected this for a while. If you follow the link to the original article it is rather amamzing the lack of empathy uncovered in this piece of research . It was originally published in the LA Times
Doctors could respond to concrete concerns, such as that a patient was feeling physical pain, or was having trouble getting an appointment. But they largely ignored patients’ emotional concerns — even when that concern was an outcome of surgery, or how long they had left to live.
The whole article can be found here