Patient Confidentiality and Ethical Behaviour as a Professional Commitment in Dentistry: A Case Study in a Genetic Disorder

  • Greg Anderson Prosthodontic Department, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1751-6471
  • Leyla Sadighpour Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; Prosthodontic Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4972-9842
Keywords: bioethics, Professionalism, Confidentiality, Genetic disorder, Amelogenesis imperfecta

Abstract

A professional commitment to patient confidentiality may sometimes contradict other principles of bioethics. Decision-making for doctors and their team can be challenging amidst such conflicting principles, and despite the practitioner’s best intentions, withholding information can result in potential consequences such as harm to others.

Published
2020-11-16
How to Cite
[1]
Anderson G, Sadighpour L. Patient Confidentiality and Ethical Behaviour as a Professional Commitment in Dentistry: A Case Study in a Genetic Disorder. Can. J. Bioeth. 2020;3:134-6. https://doi.org/10.7202/1073790ar.
Section
Case studies