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The most important people in the health community are patients and the best way of managing them is by caring for them To care for another person is a great tribute which requires a large group of people with varied skills and responsibilities Its organised to form a chain of command that provides the best possible patient care 5 Dans 1993p556-557 suggested the greatest guarantee of quality health care for the patients lies in the character of the provider To provide excellence in patient care depends upon the application of sound ethical principles good communication and the understanding of participation in and utilisation of research findings These are the main attributes but there are many other factors that go into making a service which gives the patients the best possible care therefore aiding in a successful treatment and full recovery Ethical principles are essential to excellent patient care and can be used to understand health care quality and frame care delivery 8 A major aspect of ethical concern is to protect patient rights at all times All information gained about patients is strictly confidential and it should not be passed to friends or families or given to any other individual without permission from the patient or doctor Confidential information can be revealed only as requested by law or to protect the welfare of the individual or the community 1 For example even a priest would be legally bound to disclose information that he heard in the confessional if a judge considered that the information given by a confessor is relevant to an issue arising in the court but all the possible harm must be weighed against the benefits which are likely to arise from the release of information 4 Any breach of confidence even if no names are mentioned may rightly be interpreted by others as an indication of not respecting professional confidence Betrayals of confidence cause mistrust of the health care team and
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