Ethical Decision Making in Health Care: APPLYING ETHICAL FRAMEWORKS IN PRACTICE Alice Verrett
Grand Canyon University: 437V April 26, 2013
Privacy of your medical records in health care is the means used in guarding facts that clients state when seeking treatment/medication(s) when they are or they feel unwell. Data obtained in the seeking of well care usually will not be divulged unless the client gives permission for its release. There are rulings in effect and rights that clients have supporting the given of privacy of health files. Ethically and legally it has long been agreed upon that privacy in medically related associations of the physician/nurse/client, should be respected and viewed as privileged. This assumption has been around as long as the Hippocratic Oath: “What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment… I will keep to myself”…. And even today the Declaration of Geneva Oath (last updated in 1982), declares: “I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died.” The American Medical Association (AMA) declares, “The physician must not speak of confided conversation(s) or of acquired facts without the expressed permission of the patient, unless necessitated by law.” This came about for protection of clients from gossipers and community thoughts. The reasons for discretion have not changed. Most of the moral concepts give importance to a person’s right of deciding matters affecting them over their life-span and in the medical data that is contained in their files regardless of findings, so we are obligated to secure and safeguard their history as pertains to health check-ups with release of health matters solely on the clients permission, by doing this we are acknowledging them as human beings of value. With that being said, it is not a totally...
References: Purtilo, Doherty. Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 5th Edition. W.B. Saunders Company, 2011. <vbk: 978-1-4377-0896-7#outline (10.8)>.
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