When patient-physician confidentiality conflicts with the law.


Patient-physician confidentiality is a fundamental tenet of medical ethics. Principle IV of the American Medical Association’s Code of Medical Ethics states, “[a] physician shall safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law” [1]. This duty of confidentiality is subject to certain exceptions that are ethically justified because… (More)
DOI: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2009.11.2.hlaw1-0902