Lecture 12 - AIDS Dont Tell

Lecture 12 - AIDS Dont Tell - Pro-Confidentiality 1 Patient...

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Pro-Confidentiality 1 Patient Confidentiality Leonard Fleck and Marcia Angell’s “Please Don’t Tell!” I. The Question A. Should the physician inform Consuela that Carlos has HIV even though Carlos doesn't want this to happen for fear of being ostracized by his father and his larger Hispanic community? 1. Fleck’s Response a) Fleck says: no, the physician should not break confidentiality II. Fleck’s Argument A. A medical practitioner is required to ignore the rule of medical confidentiality only if all of the following three conditions are met: 1. A third party(s) faces an imminent threat of serious and irreversible harm 2. The harm that would befall the third party(s) if confidentiality is not broken must be proportional to the harm that would face the patient if confidentiality is broken 3. The only way to stop the harm in question from befalling the third party(s) is to break confidentiality B. For Fleck, none of the three conditions are met 1. Why isn’t condition (1) met? a)
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course PHIL 7 taught by Professor Blair during the Winter '08 term at UCSB.

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Lecture 12 - AIDS Dont Tell - Pro-Confidentiality 1 Patient...

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