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ETHICS IN MEDICINE   University of Washington School of Medicine

Confidentiality:
Case 3

A 60-year-old man has a heart attack and is admitted to the medical floor with a very poor prognosis. He asks that you not share any of his medical information with his wife as he does not think she will be able to take it. His wife catches you in the hall and asks about her husband's prognosis.

Would you tell his wife? What are you required to do legally?

Discussion

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