Ethics information in confidence and uses her judgement in

                                    Ethics are an inseparable part of health care. Well being of the patient
is impossible without all the parameters of health care being applied; the
medical practices to cure the ailment and ethical measures for mental well

Confidentiality is the basis for good ethical practice. Its concept is
highly debatable. The debate is over shoul the patients private and sensitive
information be shared between medical staff. By definition, confidentiality
protects patient information  from the
public and the information being abused. Confidentiality of information
promotes a trustworthy relationship between the patient and health care staff.

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Divulging of the information is also undergoing debate as to which
information and when. Some prominent authors in the world of ethics have argued
that the information should be passed around the immediate medical staff
responsible for curing the patient. Utilitarians argue that ”Confidentiality should be maintained if it has
the best outcome, but allows a breach if it serves the best purpose.”

My argument is that confidentiality should be maintained but not by any
means neccessary. For instance if a patient is infected with HIV or other
bloodborne diseases people that need to know, like medical staff and people
that came into contact with that bodily fluid, should be informed. Although if
no harm can come to anyone confidentialiy has to be maintained as it promotes
trust and it keeps the patient from harm, thus promoting the patients physical
and mental health.

According to the
rights for patient protection, confidentiality is extremely important. The patient
reserves his right to have autonomy over his sensitive information and of which
information and when can it be passed and onto whom. Patients usually have
certain expectance that their information is not going to be passed around. The
international council for nurses recently adopted an international code of
ethics. In the code there is a statement: ” the nurse holds personal
information in confidence and uses her judgement in sharing it.”

By maintaining confidentiality, the medical staff
builds a trust with its patients. There are certain expectancies regarding
confidentiality: for one the information shall not be divulged to somebody else
besides when highly necessary, and without patient consent and also the medical
staff shall not discuss the problem in open spaces such as corridors. Good
practice of these procedures is essential for trust.

Contrasting the previous statements in this text,
there is a possibility of not passing crucial information regarding health care
to other medical staff, impeding their teamwork and possibly even resulting in
a bad outcome regarding patient health. My stance on this issue is that all
information regarding a certain patient should be, either verbally or in text,
passed around the immediate medical care team, so that there can be no

Confidentiality also serves against labeling and
discrimination of the patient. With confidentiality being maintained, the
patient is being protected from discrimination, that can result in
stigmatisation. For instance if a patient suffers from a mental illness or HIV
he or she can be discriminated against based on their current disease. They can
end up being shunned by society which either furthers the mental illness or
causes depression.