'Duty to warn' vs. 'patient confidentiality': the ethical dilemmas in caring for HIV-infected clients.

@article{Melroe1990DutyTW,
  title={'Duty to warn' vs. 'patient confidentiality': the ethical dilemmas in caring for HIV-infected clients.},
  author={N H Melroe},
  journal={The Nurse practitioner},
  year={1990},
  volume={15 2},
  pages={58, 60, 65 passim}
}
  • N H Melroe
  • Published 1990 in The Nurse practitioner
An ethical dilemma that health professionals working with HIV-infected clients currently face is the issue of maintaining patient confidentiality vs. the professional's duty to warn persons at potential risk for acquiring the virus. Multiple factors are involved when trying to resolve what a health professional's obligations are when he or she becomes aware of a risk to another individual. Professional standards require that patient confidentiality be maintained in order to promote a helping… CONTINUE READING
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