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Disclosure to Patients
An exploration of the issue of disclosure to patients.
# 125899 | 2,750 words | 10 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Medical and Health (General) , Law (General)

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The paper discusses the issue of disclosure to patients, including informed consent. The paper supports the hypothesis that physicians have an obligation to disclose any and all relevant information to patients before surgical or other treatments are delivered and that patients have a right to such disclosure which is fulfilled through the use of informed consent documentation. The paper includes outline, sample consent form and methodology discussion.

Introduction and Purpose
Research Hypothesis
Research Methodology

From the Paper:

"According to Clayman (1989), the theoretical underpinnings of physician disclosure are contained in the doctrine of informed consent. This doctrine, which speaks to the patient Bill of Rights as well as the ethical codes under which physicians and other health care providers are expected to operate, requires that patients receive a careful explanation before a medical diagnostic procedure, a surgical operation, or a risky pharmaceutical is prescribed. The movement toward full physician disclosure and the obtaining of a signed informed consent document (see Appendix A) emerged in the 1960s as part of the consumer rights movement (Clayman, 1989).
"In theory, informed consent is meant to ensure that patients are fully aware of the risks and benefits of procedures with which they will be treated (Samford University, 2008). This documentation should ideally delineate all the risks and benefits of the procedure, the extent to which confidentiality of records will be maintained, and that the physician is fully disclosing all risks and benefits. Clayman (1989) states that this requires physicians at times to give bad news to patients who may be facing life threatening or terminal conditions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Babbie, E. (2004). Methods of Social Research. Belmont CA:Wadsworth.
  • Beach, M.C., Roter, D., Rubin, H., Frankel, R., Levinson, W.,& Ford, D.E. (2004). Is physician self-disclosure relatedto patient evaluation of office visits? Journal of General Internal Medicine, 19, 905-910.
  • Clayman, C.B. (Ed.) (1989). The American Medical AssociationEncyclopedia of Medicine. New York: Random House.
  • Denbe, S.M. (2006). What your genes know affects them:Should patient confidentiality prevent disclosure ofgenetic test results to a patient's biological relatives?American Business Law Journal, 45(3), 561-607.
  • Gerbret, B., Johnston, K., Bleecker, T., & Bronstone, A.1997). HIV risk assessment: A video doctor seeks patientdisclosure... MD Computing, 14(4), 286-294.

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