Truth Telling as an Element of Ethical Behaviour and Professional Commitment in Dentistry: A Case Study Assessing Non-Disclosure Action

  • Leyla Sadighpour Prosthodontic Department, Faculty of Dentistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4972-9842
  • Greg S. Anderson Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1751-6471
Keywords: Bioethics, Professionalism, Truth-telling, Non-disclosure approach, deception

Abstract

Being truthful with patients is a critical foundation of the doctor-patient relationship and is fundamental to development of trust. A professional commitment to truth telling may sometimes contradict other principles of bioethics, which may challenge decision-making for the doctor and/or the treatment team. Practitioners may fail to address all ethical or legal aspects of a case and therefore make inappropriate decisions.

Published
2022-03-01
How to Cite
[1]
Sadighpour L, Anderson GS. Truth Telling as an Element of Ethical Behaviour and Professional Commitment in Dentistry: A Case Study Assessing Non-Disclosure Action. Can. J. Bioeth. 2022;5:149-51. https://doi.org/10.7202/1087216ar.
Section
Case studies