Excerpt From Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

Spousal Abuse

Abuse against a patient can only be reported with the consent of the patient. Many victims feel they are not able to leave their relationships or to report the abuse as they fear retaliation. Counselling should be offered to the patient

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Abuse against a patient can only be reported with the consent of the patient. Many victims feel they are not able to leave their relationships or to report the abuse as they fear retaliation. Counselling should be offered to the patient.

Q34 A 52-year-old female presents to the office for follow up. She has multiple contusions and a black eye. She admits that her husband beats her. You state that you will have to report this to authorities. She adamantly states that she does not want her injuries reported.
What is the next step?A-You will report the injury only with consent.B-You agree not to report, unless there is another episode.C-You must report as reporting is mandatory.D-You have to ascertain that physical abuse came from the husband.

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State Medical Boards

The medical board’s duty is to protect the public, not the physician. State medical boards today focus on licensed physicians who violate professional ethics, and their mandate has significantly evolved to focus on disciplining physicians.

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Boundary Violation

Boundaries create a therapeutic distance between physician and patient and clarify their respective roles and expectations. Boundaries define limits of the therapeutic relationship.

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Medical Ethics: Real-World Application By Afshin Nasser

You may have acquired this book as a result of conflicts with peers, administrators, patients, or State Medical Boards, where the outcomes of those interactions have left you wondering, “…what if I had done things differently?”

In that case, I hope that this book answers some of your questions and guides you with regards to any future quandaries you may encounter.


If you are a healthcare worker seeking to understand the subject of medical ethics, then I hope this book helps you acquire the clarity you seek.
If you are an individual simply curious about medical ethics, then I raise my hat to you for your pursuit of knowledge.