Consent and confidentiality


Janice and Mike are both getting treated for HIV. They found a physician through the HIV clinic who helped them deliver a healthy baby girl whose initial test was negative. Their eldest child also tested negative.

Reflective exercise 3

If you were discussing the following questions with a colleague who has also been working on the case, how would you state your position on these issues?

  • Does the obstetrician have an obligation to accept this patient? Why or why not?
  • In not accepting the patient, is she behaving unprofessionally? Why or why not?
  • Did Dr. Randall act correctly? What other action might he have taken and why?

Check only one answer unless instructed otherwise.

    Check as many as apply.
    Check as many as apply.


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