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J Am Coll Dent. 2002 Spring;69(2):43-6.

Ethical issues of performing invasive/irreversible dental treatment for purposes of licensure.

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Baylor College of Dentistry, Texas A&M University System Health Science Center, USA.


A case involving a patient sitting for an initial licensure examination is used to develop several ethical issues in detail. These include misalignment of those bearing the risks and dangers of such tests, lack of respect for patient autonomy, and compromises in the standard of care and avoidable and dysfunctional stress inherent in the examination system as it is currently conducted.

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