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.
3.1 Professional Competence
- 3.1.1 Competent Practice: Obligations of Individuals, Teams and Institutions to Provide Competent Care
- 3.1.2 Professional Competence: The HIV Infected Physician
- 3.1.3 Physicians and Substance Abuse
3.4 Conflicts of Interest
- 3.4.1 Institutional Conflicts of Interest
- 3.4.2 Relationships Between Physicians and Industry
- 3.4.3 Personal Conflict of Interest in Medical Research: What Is It? What Can Be Done About It?