Reconceptualising the Doctor–Patient Relationship: Recognising the Role of Trust in Contemporary Health Care

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 12 (2):189-202 (2015)
The conception of the doctor–patient relationship under Australian law has followed British common law tradition whereby the relationship is founded in a contractual exchange. By contrast, this article presents a rationale and framework for an alternative model—a “Trust Model”—for implementation into law to more accurately reflect the contemporary therapeutic dynamic. The framework has four elements: an assumption that professional conflicts with patient safety, motivated by financial or personal interests, should be avoided; an onus on doctors to disclose these conflicts; a proposed mechanism to contend with instances where doctors choose not to disclose; and sanctions for non-compliance with the regime
Keywords Doctor–patient relationship  Trust  Fiduciary   Breen v Williams  Duty of care  Conflict of interests
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DOI 10.1007/s11673-014-9570-z
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