David I. Joseph, Joseph Onek and Melissa M. Goldstein

in Psychiatric Ethics

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199234318
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754548 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry


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Chapter 11 discusses aspects of confidentiality for psychiatrists and patients, as well as the health care system, modern technology, and the law. It discusses the threat to confidentiality in the forms of gossip, the requirement for inter-professional consultation, educational and research activities, and the need to protect against such harms as suicide, homicide and child abuse, and how ethical norms should remain the principal source of guidance about how best to promote the patient’s interests.

Chapter.  16293 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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