What Are Physicians' Responsibilities to Patients Whose Health Conditions Can Influence Their Legal Proceedings?
AMA Journal of Ethics, September 2017
Correctional populations are disproportionately affected by conditions that affect cognition, such as psychiatric illness and head trauma. Honoring bioethical principles in the care of such patients can be particularly difficult in the correctional setting. However, the approach should not change markedly because a patient is incarcerated. That is, the same standards of respecting patient autonomy and confidentiality should be maintained, and the fact that correctional populations are already marginalized makes it all the more important for clinicians to honor these principles. Physicians should act in the best interest of their patients; in jails this might include disclosing information to and consulting with a patient's legal defense. However, this step should only be taken with a patient's consent or, in cases in which the patient does not have decision-making capacity, when it seems consistent with a patient's wishes.
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