Ethical obligations in fertility treatment when intimate partners withhold information from each other: an Ethics Committee opinion

This document discusses the ethical responsibilities of the clinician in cases of patient or partner request for non- disclosure of personal health information to their intimate partner when the couple is seeking infertility treatment.

Volume 110, Issue 4, Pages 619–624

Authors:

Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 

Abstract:

Clinicians should encourage disclosure between intimate partners but must maintain confidentiality in cases where there is no prospect of harm to the partner and/or offspring. In cases where one member of a couple refuses to disclose relevant health information to the other partner and there exists a risk of harm to the unaware partner and/or offspring, clinicians may refuse to offer care and should decline to treat if full informed consent is not possible due to lack of disclosure.


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