Title

Ethics and Psychiatry

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-26-2015

Journal

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition

DOI

10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.27023-2

Keywords

Advertising; Bioethics; Confidentiality; Double agency; Ethics; False memory; Hippocratic oath; Professional boundaries/boundary violations; Professionalism/professional definition; Sexual misconduct; Social networks/media; Telepsychiatry; Virtue and character

Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Psychiatry is a profession defined and guided by well-established norms dating back to the Hippocratic Oath and carefully delineated by the standards of modern biomedical ethics and professionalism. Key principles, such as beneficence (confidentiality), autonomy (informed consent), nonmaleficence, and justice provide bases for clinical judgment in specific contexts. Commercialism in health care introduces potential conflicts for the professional, whose primary allegiances are to the patient and those served. Several new challenges are faced by psychiatrists and other professionals in the twenty-first century. These include telemedicine, electronic health records, and social networks/social media.

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