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Being honest

Practising with integrity and trustworthiness

Practising with integrity

Male physician, with female physician in background, checking a male patient's neckIntegrity and trustworthiness are fundamental expectations of physicians.

The Good Practices Guide contains many examples of the integrity expected of healthcare providers, including:

  • obtaining informed consent
  • disclosure of, and responding to, adverse events (accidents in Québec)
  • never altering the medical record after learning of an adverse event or medical-legal difficulty
  • acknowledging the limits of one's ability by saying "I don't know" or "I am not sure"