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    Ethical issue: confidentiality

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    q) A medical resident will be entering private practice next year and is concerned about the ethics of patient confidentiality and when it can be breached. There are certain circumstances under which physicians in most jurisdictions are obligated to violate patient confidentiality. Which is a common one?


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    Physicians in most jurisdictions are obligated to violate patient confidentiality when it is for the greater good or is required by law.
    The most common circumstances included are:
    gunshot wounds,
    wounds secondary to crimes,
    communicable diseases, including venereal diseases and tuberculosis,
    child abuse,
    elder abuse,
    abuse of the mentally impaired,
    animal abuse, and
    driving impairment secondary to physical conditions.

    A notable exception to these rules is AIDS, despite the fact that it is a communicable disease, and that lack of notification of exposed individuals may result in more people contracting this disease. The reasons for this are social and political, and the devastating effect on the individual that would result from having his or her AIDS status become public knowledge are felt, at this time, to outweigh the rights of others to be protected from exposure.

    Obviously, this subject is quite controversial and not likely to be resolved in the near future. Other conditions that are generally not reported in violation of patient confidentially are intravenous drug abuse, spousal abuse, and psychosis.

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    AIDS

    AIDS is a reportable disease, so why it is an exception ????

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    when the patient is endangering another person thru disease or violence, etc.

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    HIV IS NOT BUT AIDS IS.

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    many

    hey its many
    any abuse not in spousal one
    communicable diseases
    danger to any other person

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    Aids Is Not Hiv Pos Pts.

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    Aids Is Reported Not Hiv Pos Pts.

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