Personal opinions regarding a patient’s medical condition, diagnosis and care are not shared with the patient
- The CAMRT Standards of Practice state one of the responsibilities of the MRT is to: “provide an informed opinion to the appropriate medical professional to assist in the patient’s healthcare management”1.
- Implicit in the statement is that these opinions are to be shared with appropriate colleagues, and not with patients
Patient discussion in practice
- It is important that the patient has confidence in their healthcare provider – personal opinions may undermine this confidence.
- Discussions with the patient should remain within the scope of practice as described by CAMRT documentation and provincial regulations2-4.
- Personal opinions on the following topics are not shared with the patient:
- Patient care
- Other healthcare professionals
- Organization and management of the facility
- Treatment plan
- Validity of the exam
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Standards of Practice. Available from: http://www.camrt.ca/abouttheprofession/Standards_of_Practice.pdf. [Accessed 3 Apr 2012]
Canadian Association of medical radiation technologists. Code of Ethics. CAMRT. June 2008. Available from: http://www.camrt.ca/mrt-profession/professional-resources/code-of-ethics/. [Accessed 3 Nov 2014]
Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists. Scope of Practice. Available from: http://www.camrt.ca/abouttheprofession/scopeofpractice/Scope_of_Practice.pdf. [Accessed 3 Apr 2012]
British Columbia Ministry of Health. Health Professional Council: Reserved act list. Available at: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/professional-regulation/hpc/review/reserved-list.html. Accessed March 22, 2011