Confidentiality and the professions

In Bioethics. San Diego, CA, USA: Harcourt. pp. 72-81 (1988)
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This article is in a larger textbook of articles on Medical Ethics. It identifies a number of values that underlie professional commitments to confidentiality that are involved in protecting or promoting the client's (1) privacy, (2)social status, (3) economic advantages, (4) openness of communications, (5) seeking professional help, (6) trust in professionals, (7) autonomous control over personal information. The problem of making exceptions to confidentiality commitments is also examined.

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Rem B. Edwards
University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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