6.4. Healthcare Professionals shall avoid expressing personal beliefs

6.4. Practice Professionally2,9,10
6.4.1. Healthcare Professionals shall consistently demonstrate openness, honesty and ethical in their professional practice.
6.4.2. Healthcare Professionals shall always act promptly to put matters right, if that is possible to ensure patient safety.
6.4.3. When care plan does not go as intended, Healthcare Professionals have a responsibility to be open and honest in their communication with the patient/legal guardian.
6.4.4. Healthcare Professionals shall maintain appropriate boundaries and not abuse their professional position to establish or pursue a physical or other inappropriate relationship with anybody under their care. This includes those close to the patient/client such as their caregivers, guardian or spouse or anyone under their supervision such as a student Healthcare Professionals or colleagues.
6.4.5. Healthcare Professionals shall avoid expressing personal beliefs including political, spiritual, religious or moral beliefs to patients/legal guardian or their caregivers in ways that exploit their vulnerability or that are likely to cause them distress.
6.4.6. Shall work collaboratively within health care teams, and respect the skills, expertise and contributions of colleagues.
6.4.7. When working as a member of a team, they shall communicate effectively and disseminate knowledge, skill and expertise as required for the benefit and safety of patients.
6.4.8. Shall support colleagues who appropriately and professionally notify circumstances of unsafe and unethical practices.
6.4.9. Healthcare Professionals shall understand their duty to support the community to deal in a sound manner with the reality of disease condition and its consequences.
6.4.10. Should give priority to the investigation and treatment of patients solely on the basis of clinical need.
6.4.11. Should respect the patient’s right to informed consent and to seeking a second opinion regarding the care they receive.
6.4.12. Where there is a suspicion or issue of child abuse or any other form of abuse or medicolegal case, Healthcare Professionals shall report such suspicions and to comply with Qatari regulatory requirements.
6.4.13. Should ensure that professional status is not used in the promotion of commercial products or services and that the status of being a Healthcare Professionals is not used for personal gain or any form of rewards / incentives that are not part of the stipulated conditions of his/her employment. Should not be taking advantage of privileged position for personal gain.
6.4.14. Should have a responsibility to conduct themselves according to the Qatar laws and regulations as well as Islamic principals in what they do, and in their interaction with patients receiving care as well as with families, communities and other members of the health care team.

6.5. Privacy ; Confidentiality2
6.5.1. Healthcare Professionals shall ensure patient medical/personal information is kept private and confidential (subject to disclosures necessary for medical care and administration) ; be viewed merely by the direct caregiver or authorized persons. Upon patient request family member or nominate a support person to be allowed during examination and discussion of their case.
6.5.2. To ensure all required steps are taken to protect unauthorized access, use or accidental disclosure of your patient’s information.
6.5.3. Shall respect the patient’s wish regarding the disclosure of information to family members and others.
6.5.4. Healthcare Professionals shall always maintain privacy ; respect during physical examination ; treatment.
6.5.5. Healthcare Professionals shall disclose any information regarding patients only with informed consent or as required by a court of law or appropriate constitutional authority.
6.5.6. To ensure use of social media/other online platforms is consistent with the ethical and statutory obligations to protect patient information confidentiality and privacy.
6.5.7. Healthcare Professionals shall consistently maintain confidentiality of information about colleagues ; the organization.

6.6. Ensure Safety
6.6.1. Healthcare professionals must practice in a safe manner; do not use any sedatives or other substances that may alter a capacity to practice safely at all times. In a situation where their health threatens their capacity to practice safely and competently, they have a responsibility to seek assistance to address their health needs.
6.6.2. Shall conform to the national legislation in relation to self-prescribing. They should not treat themselves, other than in the way that any other member of the community would undertake self-treatment.
6.6.3. Healthcare professionals shall protect patients, community, peer group and themselves by being immunized against communicable diseases.
6.6.4. Healthcare professionals should ensure they follow If he/she knows or suspects that they have a health condition that could adversely affect their judgment or performance or could harm he/she shall consult a suitably qualified health professional. He/she will follow the health-professional’s advice about investigations, treatment and changes to practice if necessary. They will not rely on their own assessment of the risk they possess to patients and colleagues. Shall act to identify and minimize the risk to themselves and patients. They shall work with other members of the team to promote a healthcare environment that is conducive to safe, therapeutic and ethical practice.
6.6.5. Shall maintain personal safety and that of colleagues where necessary when caring for patients. If a patient poses a risk to the health or safety of the health professional, necessary steps to be taken to protect themselves before investigating or providing treatment. However, he/she shall not refuse to treat a patient who poses such a risk.
6.6.6. Healthcare Professionals observes/find the environment that could compromise standard of practice they shall report the to a supervisor, appropriate committee or if need to regulatory authority.
6.6.7. To ensure safety in an emergency, in or outside the work setting, he/she has a duty to provide care within the scope of practice.

6.7. Informed Consent2
6.7.1. Healthcare professionals shall obtain informed consent before they provide patients with treatment or care.
6.7.2. Healthcare Professionals must provide care in life threatening / emergency situations where treatment is necessary to preserve life without patient consent if they are unable to give it, provided the professional has the ability to demonstrate they are acting in the patient’s best interest.
6.7.3. Healthcare Professionals shall ensure patients participate in decisions about their care and treatment, including the right to refuse treatment (to the extent permitted by regulations). The patient’s consent or refusal must be documented in the patient’s medical record.
6.7.4. Healthcare Professionals to ensure that all patients receive precise and honest information about their condition and therefore make informed decisions about their own health care.
6.7.5. When obtaining informed consent, Healthcare Professionals shall ensure followings: Given by a competent patient / legal guardian / appropriate source Given voluntarily, Patient is informed about risk, benefits, alternative, likelihood of success, possible complication and treatment plan in a language which patient is able to comprehend and Shall document all discussions regarding consent in the patient/client care record.


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