Errors in Dentistry: A Call for Apology

argues that apologies are very important in maintaining relationships with patients that are based on trust and mutual respect; based on an article in the Journal of the American College of Dentists. (1 credit hour)

Learning Objectives

After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand what is meant  by “ethics”
  • Understand why ethics are important
  • Understand how codes of ethics function
  • Understand the difference between being legal and being ethical
  • Understand  the terms “profession,” “professional,” and “professionalism”
  • Understand obligations to patients
  • Understand the relationship between dentistry and business
  • Understand paternalism and how it affects patients
  • Understand the relationship between risk management and ethics
  • Understand the ethical issue of compromising quality
  • Understand ethical issues of abuse of prescriptions by patients; access to dental care; advertising; child abuse; confidentiality; dating patients; delegation of duties; disclosure and misrepresentations; emergency care; financial arrangements; harassment; informed consent; managed care; obligation to treat patients; and refraining from treatment
  • Become familiar with elements and principles of ethical decision making
  • Become familiar with three models for ethical decision making
  • Be able to evaluate an ethical dilemma from the perspective of an accepted decision-making model

Please Review the Following Article:

Errors in Dentistry: A Call for Apology

Reference

Barry Schwartz, Errors in Dentistry: A Call for Apology, Journal of the American College of Dentists, 2005, 72(2), 26-32.

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