Lay Obligations in Professional Relations
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1985 Feb; 10(1): 85-103.
The author explores the question of what obligations patients and potential patients owe to physicians and other health professionals. While the code of ethics adopted by the American Medical Association at its founding in 1847 laid great stress on patient obligations, it did so from a conceptual standpoint of one-sided indebtedness on the part of the patient. Benjamin posits a theory of patient obligation based on a hypothetical contract between the lay person and the health professional. Assuming that treatment often requires collaboration and cooperation between the two, that the availability of medical resources is limited, and that professional practice has inherent standards and integrity worthy of respect, he assigns two types of prima facie obligation to the lay person in the lay-professional relationship: to honor commitments and to disclose relevant information. (KIE abstract)
Codes of Ethics; Contracts; Consultation; Deception; Disclosure; Ethics; Health; Health Personnel; Historical Aspects; Illness; Justice; Medical Ethics; Moral Obligations; Organizations; Patient Compliance; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Professional Patient Relationship; Referral and Consultation; Resource Allocation; Self Induced Illness; Standards;
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