Must Physicians Reveal Their Wounds?
Furrow, Barry R.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1996 Spring; 5(2): 204-213.
...Informed consent law embodies the social policy that unqualified practitioners present socially impermissible risks. If unqualified, handicapped, alcoholic, or HIV-infected healthcare professionals create an unacceptable level of risk to patients, they should be barred from practice. But disclosure of their "wounds" makes no sense. This is a distortion of the purpose of the informed consent doctrine, destroying provider privacy while improperly relieving state authorities and hospitals of their burden to monitor their physicians and set proper and reasonable standards for practice. Informed consent doctrine is ill suited to carry such additional baggage -- it is unfair to providers, moves doctrine into an area of risk with no clear stopping point or bright line, and is simply not justified by a risk analysis.
Alcohol Abuse; Competence; Consent; Disclosure; Employment; HIV Seropositivity; Hospitals; Informed Consent; Law; Legal Aspects; Patient Care; Patients; Physicians; Privacy; Professional Competence; Psychological Stress; Regulation; Risk; Self Regulation; Sex Offenses; Standards; Technical Expertise; Treatment Outcome;
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