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What if a patient told me committed a murder? Secrecy breach wonder about the students and it shows medical association legal advice

Whether the doctor is obliged to break confidentiality if a patient told me committed a murder?

This is one example of issues involving the medical students hope to answer of the medical association of lawyers.

the medical association becomes every year a lot of inquiries duty of professional secrecy and about the circumstances of the doctor's duty is to break it.

the Law is defined, for example, child protection, firearms and traffic-related situations when a doctor is obliged to inform the information forward. The notification obligation applies to a doctor, for example, if he or she can actions to prevent felonies from happening.

Otherwise, the doctor is allowed to disclose information ahead of the patient only with his consent.

the medical association's lawyer Mari Rusila believes that they will come to queries are just the tip of the iceberg. Queries will be several dozen annually. Most calls will be medical students who are starting their career alongside her studies.

– the Law is complex and sometimes a lawyer is it hard to understand. Knowledge on when is the duty to inform the patient, it is a bit shaky level and it comes to queries. Bachelor of arts in view of the concern is real and immediate, Rusila said.

"to Take from the beginning, seriously"

typically, the lawyers asked child protective services and the police information requests related things. Rusilan according to expert assistance, turn to most often when the acute situation is over.

let's Ask advice about whether the situation is one in which should make a child protection notification. Or how to deal with police requests for information. Also, employers can sometimes try to ask the employee's sick leave.

at the university of Turku medicine study Johanna Small according to the secrecy is the medical profession cornerstone and to take students from the very beginning of seriously. To obligations of confidentiality related to law and when it must be broken are challenging, Small grant. He believes that far from being the only field of study which concerns.

– the Doctor can be obliged or entitled to give information to the patients, and they can give their own initiative or upon request. Conceptualization is not easy. In college these things can feel distant, because the patient experience is really not, he pondered.

Courses for students and graduates to help

So far, Johanna Millicent has been working for a few months the doctor's deputy to the hospital. Confidentiality-related situations have concerned mainly ajoterveys and what things the doctor is allowed to tell the patient concerned.

I'd Rather be too careful and asks for help, doesn't work straight away. These are the kind of things that will surely come to question the future. I hope you have colleagues who you can ask Small consider.

the medical association has released this fall to help also online course in which such students as already graduates can test their skills in a variety of sample cases.

Rusilan according to the rate of the find clearly need.

– the Problem with law is that these provisions can be found in several laws. Legislation becomes more dense, obviously.

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