A physician who  doubts the diagnosis of a patient  should order a consultation. In this  assignment, you will review a  scenario in which a consultation was ordered  for a patient, and you  will analyze the ethical obligations involved in the  physician-patient  relationship.


A family  practice doctor has a female  patient who is twenty-two weeks pregnant with  her third baby. The first  child was born at thirty weeks and survived;  however, her second  pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage at nineteen weeks.  The patient  would like to do all she can to have a successful pregnancy. As  of  today, the patient has no signs of premature labor, and her cervix is   closed. Given her history, the family practice doctor would like to  discuss  the possibility of a cerclage with an obstetric consultant.  Chances of  cerclage helping the pregnancy along are one in ten.

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On the basis of  the above scenario, respond to the following questions:

  • Describe  the ethical obligations associated with the physician-patient relationship.
  • Explain  the outcome of this consultation with your justification.
  • Discuss  what you would have done differently to handle the case.
  • Provide  a real-life example of a consultation.

Compile your  responses in a 3-to-5-page Word document.