Ethical Case 4.3 Malpractice

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4.3 Malpractice as an Ethical Issue
Malpractice of doing the opposite of acting in good faith (Bruhn, s.a.:111). It is defined as the failure through ignorance or negligence, to render proper service, resulting in injury or loss to the client (Bruhn, s.a.:111). Professional negligence consists of departing from usual practice not exercising due care (Bruhn, s.a.:112). Any violations of confidentiality and sexual misconduct have received the greatest attention in the literature as grounds for malpractice suits (Bruhn, s.a.:112). The only violation practitioners are allowed to do is client’s confidentiality under those circumstances mandated by the ethical guidelines or by state law (Bruhn, s.a.:112). Other malpractices that practitioners could be at fault are defamation of character (Anon, 2003:40). Damaging a person’s reputation by making public statements that are both false and malicious is considered defamation of character (Anon, 2003:40). Fraud consists of deceitful practices in depriving or attempting to deprive another of his or her rights (Anon, 2003:40). Health-care practitioners might be accused of fraud
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We recognise that we must not do harm to those we serve or to our research subjects (Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, 2006:2). We are alert to personal, social, organisational, financial, or political situations or pressures that might lead to the misuse of our influence (Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, 2006:2). d) As teachers, we recognise our primary obligation to help others acquire knowledge and skill (Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology, 2006:2). We maintain high standards of scholarship and objectivity by presenting information fully and accurately (Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology,
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