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Week 6: Flow of Medical Information

Objectives

Be able to explain and apply the general ethical principles and professional standards concerning duties of truthtelling, informed consent and confidentiality.
Be able to explain and apply
The general ethical considerations favoring disclosing information to the patient concerning his or her medical condition and treatment.
The general ethical considerations which may justify nondisclosure of information.
Particular duties of medical students and trainees regarding disclosure of their training status and experience.
Particular duties regarding disclosure of medical mistakes to patients, families and peers.
Particular duties regarding manipulation of information for the purposes of obtaining insurance coverage
Be able to explain and apply
The general ethical and professional principles favoring the practice of informed consent.
Key legal standards of informed consent
Elements of informed consent
Common exceptions to the informed consent requirement.
Principles for selection of information to be included in informed consent.
Common arguments criticizing the informed consent requirement.
Be able to explain and apply
The general ethical and professional principles supporting the duty of patient confidentiality.
The ethical and legal limits to the duty of confidentiality.
 

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