How a discontinued treatment led a patient to be sent to jail?

A patient discontinued his treatment. The PHO locked him in the prison's hospital? 

(TRUE STORY)

In this part of the lecture, I discuss a real case that happened in a rural area where a TB patient discontinued his treatment and ended up sent to jail. Watch to see how this all happened and then discuss the following ethical issues:
  1. Is the patient's right to refuse treatment absolute? If not, when and where to draw the line to the point of forcing them to be treated/isolated?
  2. What are the limits of the public health authorities and the State in general when it comes to people's choices?
  3. What are the ethical principles that should guide our interventions as public health physicians in managing patients with infectious diseases?





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