Confidentiality and Informed Consent

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Confidentiality and Informed Consent
Raul Delgado
December 16, 2015
Gina Craft, MS, MA

Confidentiality and Informed Consent
Informed consent is usually a practice between a patient and his provider, it is a permission established prior to a procedure after gaining knowledge of the risks that are going to be involved with in the procedure. Although implications could occur with the informed consent, these including; “1) medical emergencies, where there is immediate danger to life and the delay that would be necessary to obtain consent might be harmful; 2) incompetency, where die patient is unable to give a legally valid consent; 3) therapeutic privilege, where there is discretion to withhold information which might have a detrimental effect on patient health if disclosed; 4) waiver, where die patient can waive his or her right to be informed, to make the treatment decision, or both; and 5) mentally ill and dangerous, where mentally ill patients who are imminently in danger of harming themselves or others may be involuntarily committed and treated” (Faden & Beauchamp, 1986; Sprung & Winick, 1989; Alberta Mental Health Act, 1990)
Confidentiality holds similar characteristics to an informed consent. Just as informed consent, confidentiality could also be between a physician and his or her patient, anything the patient may reveal is usually upheld in confidentiality unless permission is permitted by the patient to send his or her information to a third party (Medical Dictionary, 2007). As for the psychiatry side of confidentiality, they are to uphold it to the strictest of confidence, unless the information revealed becomes dangerous either to themselves, or to others around them (Segen's Medical Dictionary 2011). The major difference between informed consent and confidentiality is that informed consent is a specific medical procedure that is…...

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