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Confidentiality and serious harm in genetics - preserving the confidentiality of one patient and preventing harm to relatives.

Abstract:

Genetics can pose special challenges to the principle of confidentiality within the health professional-patient relationship, since genetic information is by its nature both individual and familial. Most professional guidelines allow confidentiality to be broken in rare circumstances, where it will prevent a 'serious', 'imminent' and 'likely' harm. We argue that the types of harms that may result from genetic medicine are particularly diverse. Using clinical examples, we explore ethical issue...

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10.1038/sj.ejhg.5201118

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Population Health
Journal:
European journal of human genetics : EJHG
Volume:
12
Issue:
2
Pages:
93-97
Publication date:
2004-02-05
DOI:
EISSN:
1476-5438
ISSN:
1018-4813
URN:
uuid:4a163c7b-23ab-4f53-82df-9af9d8239077
Source identifiers:
162930
Local pid:
pubs:162930

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