Chlamydia Infection: A Case Study

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In this case, a patient is an adolescent girl who is 17 years old and is diagnosed with Chlamydia infection after having unprotected intercourse. Patient’s mother calls doctor to know what is happened with her daughter. There are two options that doctor can do: either keep patient’s confidentiality or tell mother about her daughter’s condition. When doctor has a patient he/she always need to remember about basic ethical principles such as patient’s autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. In this case, I would like to focus more on autonomy and beneficence. The patient has right to decide who else might know information regarding her health condition. After she discloses information, she expects confidentiality and respect of her decisions. Confidentiality leads to trust between patient and physician. If patient trusts doctor, he/she might disclose information which will help in further diagnosis and treatment. In our case, it can be assumed that it was hard for 17 year-old girl to tell about unprotected…show more content…
Informed consent requires understanding of diagnosis, treatment, risks and benefits of treatment, and possible alternatives. Minors are considered to lack some decision-making abilities to fully assess given information. They might focus only on some aspects of treatment, completely ignoring other essential parts. Therefore, it is important to involve parents or official guardians of the children. Before breaking confidentiality, doctors need to be able to justify their decision and have legal defense. In Kazakhstan, doctors need to disclose information of minor’s health condition to his/her parents in all cases even without the consent of the child. In USA, doctors should keep confidentiality when the patient is a mature minor and is capable of making a decision regarding the treatment and fully understands the components of informed

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