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Lessons 3 & 4


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  • 1. Lesson 3/Lesson 4Professional Ethics and Patient confidentiality and privacy
  • 2. AMA -Ethically standards, NOT laws -Can be reprimanded if person doesnt follow/expelled from association-Can not effect a persons ability of practicing medicine -Can be presented to state boards
  • 3. Nurses (codes of ethics)● Nurses should know the Nursing professions code of ethics● Code of ethics helps to prevent ethical mistakes● Code of ethics was created by the ANA and the congress of Nursing practice
  • 4. Medical Assistants● Must behave ethical at ALL times
  • 5. Code of ethics for pharmacistsI. A pharmacist respects the covenantal relationship between the patient andpharmacist.II. A pharmacist promotes the good of every patient in a caring,compassionate, and confidential manner.III. A pharmacist respects the autonomy and dignity of each patient.IV. A pharmacist acts with honesty and integrity in professional relationships.V. A pharmacist maintains professional competence.VI. A pharmacist respects the values and abilities of colleagues and otherhealth professionals.VII. A pharmacist serves individual, community, and societal needs.VIII. A pharmacist seeks justice in the distribution of health resources.
  • 6. Patient confidentiality● Health care provider needs to consider ethical and legal obligations● Confidentiality – keeping information private from one person to another Privacy- Persons right to keep their own information private
  • 7. Confidentiality CODE OF ETHICS● The information disclosed to a physician during the course of the relationship between physician and patient is confidential to the greatest possible degree. The patient should feel free to make a full disclosure of information to the physician in order that the physician may most effectively provide needed services. The patient should be able to make this disclosure with the knowledge that the physician will respect the confidential nature of the communication. The physician should not reveal confidential communications or information without the express consent of the patient, unless required to do so by law.
  • 8. Information given from the patient to a doctor can not be used against the patient
  • 9. Exceptions:HIV/AIDS potentially spreading, or other STDS If a person plans on hurting another Abuse
  • 10. The HIPAA of 1996 introduced privacy forpatients. Health care providers must also follow any laws concerning medicine. Health care workers are obligated to do everything to not violate confidentiality and privacy.
  • 11. Health care providers● Should not discuss ● Should be careful issues in public when caring for a places (I.e elevators person with sensitive or cafeteria) issues (I.e suicidal,● Patients name STDs, addictions) should not be said when using in a case study