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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

Ethical issues in dentist–patient interactions

1 Full Professor, Vice-Dean of Odontology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Barcelona, Group of Oral Health and Masticatory System, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL), L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
2 Full Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Education, Faculty of Education, Doctorate in Pedagogy and Licentiate in Psychology, Main Researcher of the Research Group in Moral Education (GREM), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
3 Licenciate in Sociology, University of Barcelona, Graduate in Social Work, University of Lleida, Master in Systemic Psychology, Multicultural University of the CUDEC Group, Tarragona, Spain
4 Master in Nursing Sciences, Master in Management and Leadership, University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain
5 Associate Professor, Delegate of the School of Dentistry in the Institute of Education Sciences (ICE), University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
6 Graduate in Dentistry, Student in the Master of Orthodontics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
7 Full Professor, Director of the Odontostomatology Department, University of Barcelona, Group of Dental and Maxillofacial Pathology and Therapeutics, Instituto de Investigación Biomédica de Bellvitge (IDIBELL), L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain
8 Full Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of the Balearic Islands, Member of the Commission for Development and Design of the title of Graduate in Dentistry, University of the Balearic Island, Member of the Research Ethics Committee of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca, Spain
9 Licentiate in Medicine, Specialist in Hospital Direction and Management, Barcelona, Spain

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Josep Maria Ustrell-Torrent
School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics (2.7), University of Barcelona, Feixa Llarga s/n E-08907 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jeed.jeed_7_18

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The dental profession holds a special trust in the community, and the best dentist–patient relationship should be based on that trust. The patient has the rights to be fully and appropriately informed as well as to be involved in decisions about treatment. The dentist has the duty to put the patient first and to treat patients taking into account their desires as long as these expectations are within the bounds of accepted treatment. The dentist should provide dental care without discrimination and prejudice. The best doctor–patient relationship is based on honesty, provision of high-quality and timely treatment, keeping the patient safe and healthy. This article presents our point of view of how should be the dentist–patient under the current demands on the part of patients and society, with a focus on the crucial role of ethical issues not only in postgraduate studies but also in consideration of ethical issues throughout the career of dentist in usual practice.

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