Ethics/psychology

S.V. Carr

Sandyford Initiative, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

The ethical aspects of screening in sexual healthcare are often problematic for the clinician. Opposing ethical concepts can highlight conflict between the benefits to the individual and the good of society.

The impact on the individual patient of screening is very important and is often overlooked. A procedure which seems simple and straightforward to a clinician can often have far reaching impact on the individualís feelings and lifestyle.

The dilemma of the clinician is to be able to undertake ethical, evidence based screening programmes in sexual health whilst carrying out their duty of care to the individual patient in recognising the potential emotional impact of these programmes.