Journal of Medical Ethics. 1985 Mar; 11(1): 8-11.
The author observes that if medical confidentiality is not respected, patients may be reluctant to disclose information pertinent to their care. He describes situations in which British law requires that medical confidence be violated, and cites examples such as the current campaign to deny the legal right of minors to obtain contraceptives without parental notification, to demonstrate that neither the British Parliament nor the courts are sufficiently sensitive to the problems of confidentiality. Havard also discusses situations where voluntary disclosure of information is ethically warranted, and urges physicians to cease regarding issues of confidentiality as "abstract phenomena" requiring no justification. (KIE abstract)
Communication; Confidentiality; Contraception; Dangerousness; Disclosure; Duty to Warn; Ethics; Famous Persons; International Aspects; Law; Law Enforcement; Legal Aspects; Legal Obligations; Legal Rights; Medical Ethics; Medical Records; Minors; Moral Obligations; Notification; Parental Notification; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Privacy; Records; Rights;
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