Importance of Truth Telling, Confidentiality & Informed Consent in Medicine


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What is the general policy in modern medicine about truth telling?

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1. What is the therapeutic privilege?

2. When may doctors be exempt from being completely truthful with their patients?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this quiz and worksheet set to broaden your understanding of medical ethics in regards to doctors telling patients the truth about their health, maintaining patient confidentiality, and ensuring they have informed consent ahead of any medical procedure. These topics, and the exceptions to the rules of truth telling and confidentiality, will be on the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can test your knowledge of the following topics when you use these educational tools:

  • Define therapeutic privilege
  • Modern medicine's view on doctors and truth telling
  • Reasons a doctor may not be truthful with a patient
  • Acceptable and unacceptable reasons to break patient confidentiality
  • Term for physicians telling patients all the risks, benefits, and possible complications ahead of a medical procedure

Skills Practiced

As you use and complete the quiz and worksheet, you will practice these skills:

  • Interpreting information - prove that you can read and correctly interpret information related to patient confidentiality and when it is appropriate for a doctor to break that confidentiality
  • Knowledge application - answer questions about doctors being truthful with their patients by drawing on your new knowledge
  • Reading comprehension - recognize the most important information about therapeutic privilege from the lesson

Additional Learning

If you are interested in learning more about this topic, you should check out the lesson titled Importance of Truth Telling, Confidentiality & Informed Consent in Medicine. That lesson examines these objectives in detail:

  • Understand how a doctor's relationship to truth telling has changed over the years
  • Identify two examples of when a doctor may withhold the truth from a patient
  • Recognize how patient confidentiality relates to a patient's trust in their doctor
  • Explore the role of informed consent in patient treatment