Is it ethical for a doctor to withhold information?

Except in emergency situations in which a patient is incapable of making an informed decision, withholding information without the patient’s knowledge or consent is ethically unacceptable. Physicians should always communicate sensitively and respectfully with patients.

Similarly, you may ask, should doctors withhold information from patients?

It is never acceptable to withhold or delay giving a patient medical information. That information belongs to them. As doctors, we must learn how to give information with compassion and respond to any concerns or questions that may arise. Patients may become distressed, but we must know how to handle that distress.

Secondly, are doctors allowed to talk about their patients? Medical ethics rules, state laws, and the federal law known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), generally require doctors and their staff to keep patients‘ medical records confidential unless the patient allows the doctor’s office to disclose them.

Consequently, when should you withhold information from a patient?

The practice of withholding pertinent medical information from patients in the belief that disclosure is medically contraindicated is known as “therapeutic privilege.” It creates a conflict between the physician’s obligations to promote patients‘ welfare and respect for their autonomy by communicating truthfully.

Do doctors have to give you your blood test results?

Studies show that patients do not always receive the medical test results they should be getting. Physicians often fail to provide them, even when they turn up problematic results. We can even get our results directly from the lab where the test was done, if necessary.

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