Ethical Issues in Medicine

Ethical Issues in Medicine


Doctor patient discussion

Responding to Patients’ Discriminatory Comments

Health care professionals have the right to protect themselves from unjust discrimination, but doing so should not interfere with their professional commitments to promote patient’s access to care, even when patients exhibit objectionable behavior.
Doctor counseling patient

When Patients Refuse Recommended Treatments

In general, ethical tension exists when a physician’s obligation to promote a patient’s best interests competes with the physician’s obligation to respect the patient’s autonomy.
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