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Veracity or Beneficence: Ethical Conundrum

Ina Abdul Majeed*, Kiran Karim, Farida Bibi Mughal, Kanwal Karim, Sabeen Shamsher Ali and Naureen Mistri

It is every patient’s right to know the truth about their medical condition so that they can take an autonomous decision. It is a difficult task to inform the truth to a patient who is physically and mentally distressed. In the eastern view, family plays a crucial role in the decision-making process in individuals who are suffering from any health concern. However, it always takes precedence over the patient's preferences and desires, which leads to a violation of ethical principles such as veracity, informed consent, and autonomy. It is a healthcare professional responsibility to reflect on the situation from different paradigms and decide the best solution based on ethical principles.

Published Date: 2023-02-11; Received Date: 2023-01-09