Practcing Ethical Framework in Nursing

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Practicing Ethical Framework Rachel Gable GCU NRS437 January 13, 2013 Practicing Ethical Framework Appling Ethical Frameworks in Practice Patient confidentiality is a major factor dominating healthcare today. Patient confidentiality means that all personal information, along with health care issue revealed, cannot be disclosed to any person other than the patient or anyone that patient authorizes. Confidentiality is a legal right of every patient and is an ethical duty of the entire medical community (Bourke, 2008). Maintaining confidentiality and privacy between the healthcare provider and patient allows for a trustworthy relationship between the two, especially with adolescent patients. This paper will discuss confidentiality, confidentiality breach implications, ethical principles, alternatives and ethical committee applications to an ethical dilemma. Implications When There is a Breach of Confidentiality The promotion of a trusting and working relationship between the healthcare provider and patient is an obvious reason to maintain confidentiality in healthcare. Releasing personal information to a third party without prior consent of the client is known as a breach of confidentiality and also has legal ramifications. An example would be an adolescent who is encouraged to participate in primary health care prevention. Many teens face depression and may have sexual related issues, but the challenge for them to get adequate and necessary treatment can be an issue. Fear of a lack of confidentiality is often the main reason this group fails to participate in treatment of these sensitive issues from health care providers. (English & Ford, 2007). A breach of confidentiality in juvenile health care has several implications. For boys, there is the risk of severe depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts. For girls, the risk increases. They have poor
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