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MCC Examination Objectives Medical expertLegal, ethical and organizational aspects of medicineTruth telling

Truth telling

Version: February 2017
Legacy ID: 121-2

Rationale

Truth telling is an essential component to every patient or professional encounter and a basic ethical behavior in a physician’s daily practice.

Key Objectives

Given a patient or professional encounter, the candidate must honestly and accurately convey relevant information and explanations to patients, their families and other members of the health care team.

Enabling Objectives

Given a patient or professional encounter, the candidate will

  1. adhere to the legal and ethical basis for truth telling;
  2. ascertain the personal and cultural context of the patient or professional situation;
  3. communicate effectively (e.g., using language adapted to the situation, checking for understanding);
  4. identify challenging situations and communicate accurately and effectively in such circumstances (e.g., delivering bad news, addressing medical error);
  5. recognize when it is necessary to disclose personal beliefs or values that could be in conflict with patient choices.