The right not to know: the case of psychiatric disorders

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Abstract

This paper will consider the right not to know in the context of psychiatric disorders. It will outline the arguments for and against acquiring knowledge about the results of genetic testing for conditions such as breast cancer and Huntington's disease, and examine whether similar considerations apply to disclosing to clients the results of genetic testing for psychiatric disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. The right not to know will also be examined in the context of the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders that are associated with stigma or for which there is no effective treatment.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-676
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume37
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011