Year: 2005 Source: Visions Journal, v.2, no.7, (Fall 2005), p.10-11 SIEC No: 20052155

This article discusses the dilemma of breaching confidentiality in order to save a life. In both ethics & law, a competent person has the right to die by suicide, & has the right to insist that their intention be kept confidential. A professional decision about breaching confidentiality is always a judgement call & such a judgment call should not be rooted in personal feelings. Codes, principles & laws can only give general guidance. Each situation in unique & has to be evaluated on its own terms. (LC) (2 refs)