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Key ethical issues are studied in four areas: professional competence, confidentiality, conflict of interest, and physicians and job action. What obligation do individuals or groups have for the competence of a professional who works with or for them? What constitutes a conflict of interest? Should a physician report a colleague who has a blood borne pathogen or an addiction? Does patient confidentiality override safety when the patient threatens self-harm or the public? Even the topic of whether physicians should be allowed to go on strike is discussed.

CONTENTS

3.1 Professional Competence

3.3 Duty of Confidentiality


3.4 Conflicts of Interest

3.5 Physicians and Job Action