The Doctor Patient Relationship Is Built On Trust

988 Words Feb 15th, 2015 4 Pages
The Doctor-Patient relationship is built on trust. Trust that patients’ will provide truthful information to enable Doctors’ to reach an accurate diagnosis and that in turn, Doctors’ will be truthful when relaying information about diagnosis and treatment. Any breech in this trust undermines this relationship and can cause harm to patients for example by making them unwilling to seek help in the future. The GP in case above acted dishonestly because he believed it was in Eliza’s best interest. The question I will aim to answer is as follows: was the GP morally justified in his action given his concerns about Eliza’s and her capacity to make decisions in her best interest?

Dishonesty and lying can be defined as the deliberate act of misleading another person, either behaviourally e.g. by concealment and falsification or verbally e.g. by denial, distortion, fabrication and omission.8 Some believe that dishonesty, within the context of a clinical situation is acceptable in certain circumstances, particularly when telling the truth might do more harm than good. Korsch and Harding, stated that “the information a doctor gives a patient should be tempered by who the patient is and what he or she is ready to hear”9 and Hippocrates, supported this, stating that Doctors’ must perform their “medical duties calmly and adroitly, concealing most things from the patient while you are attending to him”.10 Others argue that Doctors’ have a moral duty to always tell the truth and that…
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