Ethical issues in information
informed consent, truth telling
'Anyone who thinks that disclosure of confidential information is morally
justified, or even mandatory in some circumstances, bears a burden of proof.
While this approach requires a balancing of conflicting duties, it also establishes a
structure of moral reasoning and justification.'
12.1 CONFIDENTIALITYFrom both moral and legal perspectives, the rationales for maintaining the
confidentiality of information relating to individuals, both verbal and in records, are
extremely powerful and compelling. Strong justifications must be made for breaking
this duty, which should only occur in exceptional situations. How can confidentiality
be justified, both morally and legally? From a legal perspective Dimond
2 cites three
major duties from which arise the duty of confidentiality:
|• ||The duty of care arising from common law and following from the health care
professional/consumer relationship (see Chapter 15).|
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Book title: Ethical Foundations of Health Care: Responsibilities in Decision Making.
Contributors: Jane Singleton - Author, Susan McLaren - Author.
Place of publication: St. Louis, MO.
Publication year: 1995.
Page number: 103.
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