Ethics and Law of Sexual Health Medicine Essay by DrBlue

Ethics and Law of Sexual Health Medicine
A review of the ethics and legal aspects involved in the management of a patient suffering from a sexually transmitted infection.
# 56707 | 1,356 words | 16 sources | APA | 2005 | GB
Published on Mar 14, 2005 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Law (Tort) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines how there can be no doubt that confidentiality is one of the core doctrines of ethical medical practice and has been so since ancient times and how the GMC and other professional organizations stipulate patient confidentiality as an ethical prerequisite, but, crucially, permit breaches of confidentiality in certain circumstances. It provides a comprehensive review of the ethical and legal problems faced by a physician in the management of a patient with a communicable, sexually-transmitted illness.

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"Patients expect to have to divulge the most intimate information to their doctors on a professional basis in order that they receive the most appropriate care. This exchange of information is in return for the [implicit] assurance of confidentiality. Patients would be less willing to present to their doctors if this were not the case and the utilitarian ethic would declare that the harm that this would cause in the long run would far overshadow any benefits. There is also a deontological, or "duty-based" ethic, which would propose that Peter's GP has a "duty" to keep the contents of their consultation in confidence, for this is inextricably linked with the privilege of receiving the information and with upholding the autonomy of the patient. A utilitarian ethic could also propose that a breach of confidentiality would lastingly taint Peter's view of the medical profession."

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