Medical confidentiality versus disclosure: Ethical and legal dilemmas.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127655
Title:
Medical confidentiality versus disclosure: Ethical and legal dilemmas.
Authors:
Agyapong, V I O; Kirrane, R; Bangaru, R
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9 Ireland. israelhans@hotmail.com
Citation:
Medical confidentiality versus disclosure: Ethical and legal dilemmas. 2009, 16 (2):93-6 J Forensic Leg Med
Journal:
Journal of forensic and legal medicine
Issue Date:
Feb-2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/127655
DOI:
10.1016/j.jflm.2008.08.007
PubMed ID:
19135004
Abstract:
A case is described of a fifty year old single man who made disclosures about criminal sexual practices during a psychiatric assessment. In common practice with other professional men, a doctor is under a duty not to disclose, without the consent of his patient, information which he has gained in his professional capacity other than in exceptional circumstances. We discuss the ethical and legal considerations surrounding issues of medical confidentiality and the dilemma that sometimes face clinicians, when they feel obliged, in the public interest, to disclose information they have gained in confidence. Breach of confidences can have deleterious consequences; particularly for the doctor-patient relationship, but failure to disclose in some situations could have serious implications for the well-being of the wider society. Doctors should be aware of the basic principles of confidentiality and the ethical and legal framework around which they are built.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Child Abuse, Sexual; Child, Preschool; Confidentiality; Female; Humans; Ireland; Male; Mandatory Reporting; Middle Aged; Schizophrenic Psychology; Sex Offenses; Truth Disclosure
ISSN:
1752-928X

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorAgyapong, V I Oen
dc.contributor.authorKirrane, Ren
dc.contributor.authorBangaru, Ren
dc.date.accessioned2011-04-07T10:27:14Z-
dc.date.available2011-04-07T10:27:14Z-
dc.date.issued2009-02-
dc.identifier.citationMedical confidentiality versus disclosure: Ethical and legal dilemmas. 2009, 16 (2):93-6 J Forensic Leg Meden
dc.identifier.issn1752-928X-
dc.identifier.pmid19135004-
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.jflm.2008.08.007-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/127655-
dc.description.abstractA case is described of a fifty year old single man who made disclosures about criminal sexual practices during a psychiatric assessment. In common practice with other professional men, a doctor is under a duty not to disclose, without the consent of his patient, information which he has gained in his professional capacity other than in exceptional circumstances. We discuss the ethical and legal considerations surrounding issues of medical confidentiality and the dilemma that sometimes face clinicians, when they feel obliged, in the public interest, to disclose information they have gained in confidence. Breach of confidences can have deleterious consequences; particularly for the doctor-patient relationship, but failure to disclose in some situations could have serious implications for the well-being of the wider society. Doctors should be aware of the basic principles of confidentiality and the ethical and legal framework around which they are built.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshChild Abuse, Sexual-
dc.subject.meshChild, Preschool-
dc.subject.meshConfidentiality-
dc.subject.meshFemale-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshIreland-
dc.subject.meshMale-
dc.subject.meshMandatory Reporting-
dc.subject.meshMiddle Aged-
dc.subject.meshSchizophrenic Psychology-
dc.subject.meshSex Offenses-
dc.subject.meshTruth Disclosure-
dc.titleMedical confidentiality versus disclosure: Ethical and legal dilemmas.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychiatry, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9 Ireland. israelhans@hotmail.comen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of forensic and legal medicineen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-
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