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The risks of absolute medical confidentiality

The risks of absolute medical confidentiality

Crook, M. A. (2011) The risks of absolute medical confidentiality. Science and Engineering Ethics, 19 (1). pp. 107-122. ISSN 1353-3452 (Print), 1471-5546 (Online) (doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9283-1)

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Abstract

Some ethicists argue that patient confidentiality is absolute and thus should never be broken. I examine these arguments that when critically scrutinised, become porous. I will explore the concept of patient confidentiality and argue that although, this is a very important medical and bioethical issue, this needs to be wisely delivered to reduce third party harm or even detriment to the patient. The argument for absolute confidentiality is particularly weak when it comes to genetic information and inherited disease.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] First available online: 25th May 2011.
Uncontrolled Keywords: confidentiality, medical ethics, genetics, information technology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Department of Life & Sports Sciences
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Last Modified: 05 Dec 2016 11:21
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7519

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