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Sharing personal opinions with patients

 

Personal opinions regarding a patient’s medical condition, diagnosis and care are not shared with the patient

 

+ Professional responsibility

  • The CAMRT Standards of Practice state one of the responsibilities of the MRT is to: "provide an informed opinion to the appropriate medical professional to assist in the patient’s healthcare management."1
    • Implicit in the statement is that these opinions are to be shared with appropriate colleagues, and not with patients

+ Patient discussion in practice

  • It is important that the patient has confidence in their healthcare provider – personal opinions may undermine this confidence.
  • Discussions with the patient should remain within the scope of practice as described by CAMRT documentation and provincial regulations.2-4
  • Personal opinions on the following topics are not shared with the patient:
    • Patient care
    • Other healthcare professionals
    • Organization and management of the facility
    • Diagnosis
    • Treatment plan
    • Prognosis
    • Validity of the exam

+ References

  1. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Standards of Practice. Available at: http://www.camrt.ca/abouttheprofession/Standards_of_Practice.pdf. Accessed October 5, 2011.
  2. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Code of Ethics. Available at: http://www.camrt.ca/abouttheprofession/codeofethics. Accessed October 31, 2011.
  3. Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Scope of Practice. Available at: http://www.camrt.ca/abouttheprofession/scopeofpractice/Scope_of_Practice.pdf. Accessed October 5, 2011.
  4. British Columbia Ministry of Health. Health Professional Council: Reserved act list. Available at: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/professional-regulation/hpc/review/reserved-list.html. Accessed March 22, 2011

 

Validation

November, 2015

 

 
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