Giving information

Fiona Randall and R.S. Downie

in Palliative Care Ethics

Second edition

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630681
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730078 | DOI:
Giving information

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This chapter deals with giving information to patients. It considers professional responsibility, the people to whom information should be given, the influence of relatives, how the truth should be told, standards of disclosure, and moral difficulties in giving information. Patients should be told at least as much of the truth about their illness as they wish to know. The professional task sometimes entails giving information on the basis of a harms/benefits analysis to patients who may not be requesting it. Carers are morally responsible for giving information sensitively and should take advantage of whatever has been learned about effective communication. Patients choose the extent to which they wish to be involved in decision making.

Keywords: professional responsibility; harms/benefits analysis; effective communication; disclosure standards

Chapter.  8585 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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