Example of Professional Ethics

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Professional Ethics John Smith, MD, a psychiatrist in private practice, has 70% of his clients who have physically, mentally, or sexually abused their children. Dr. Smith refuses to report the child abuse stated by his clients to authorities or, even, mention the abuse in patient files. He believes that rigorously protecting confidentiality will help those who are most likely to injure their children. Is Dr. Smith's confidentiality policy justifiable? The rule-utilitarianism and deontology theories can be applied to express ethical reasoning to determine if the theories can bring about resolution. Rule-utilitarianism places practical reasoning by establishing moral rules that, when followed, brings about the best consequences (Moral Theories). It is thought of as a compromise. The rule-utilitarianism believes in a two-tier system to bring about the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people (Rule-utilitarianism). The first step is to put oneself in the place of all concerned. Without talking all people concerned into account it is considered self-interest thinking. The second step is to make moral decisions in ways that optimizes everyone's satisfaction by taking into account the strength of each person's preferences. It requires universality, meaning that the needs and desires of all the involved parties in the situation. Dr. Smith's practice involves clients who are, or is potentially, abusive to their children. This would involve the client and their children
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