According to the AMA, what is a key reason behind a physician’s duty of confidentiality
to a patient?
A. The U.S. Constitution requires a physician’s confidentiality.
B. The patient will feel more confident in disclosing information to the physician.
C. If a physician reveals information about a patient, that information isn’t admissible
in a lawsuit.
D. Sharing a patient’s medical information is a form of defamation.
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B.According to the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial
Affairs, the purpose of a physician’s ethical duty to maintain
patient confidentiality is to allow the patient to feel free to
make a full and frank disclosure of information to the physician,
knowing that the physician will protect the confidential
nature of the information disclosed. Full disclosure gives the
physician information to diagnose conditions properly and to
treat the patient appropriately.