Although the military follows American Medical Association (AMA) standards of
patient confidentiality and privacy, there may be instances in which the
autonomy, privacy and confidentiality of a soldier is _____________. This may
occur when a medical procedure is required to restore a soldier to duty status or
when information is needed to determine a soldier's military readiness.
Infringed upon, to some extent.
Which of the following would constitute a breach of confidentiality?
a. The attending physician discusses the patient's condition with the radiologist.
b. The x-ray technologist tells the attending physician about the results of an x-
c. A civilian nurse complains to the head nurse about the uncooperative nature
of a patient.
d. A civilian radiographer discusses a patient's case, by name, with someone
outside the hospital.
Marriages and divorces are routinely published in the newspapers despite the
personal nature of these events. This is an example of legitimate public interest
in a noteworthy event, overriding the right to:
Freedom of information.
The pilot of a commercial jet informs his physician that his mother has
Huntington's chorea. Thus, the pilot has a 50 percent chance of developing the
disease himself, in which case his ability to fly could be seriously hampered and
he could cause serious harm to large numbers of people. The pilot indicates that
he does not intend to take the test for the genetic marker for Huntington's chorea
or inform the airline. This is a case in which:
a. Strict confidentiality should be maintained.
b. There are legally and morally acceptable alternatives to committing a breach
c. The physician may have to violate the confidence if the pilot continues to
refuse to inform the ai rline, because the potential risk of harm is of such
d. The physician should conduct a risk-benefit analysis.