Ethics at a Glance
he principle of fidelity broadly requires that we act in ways that are loyal. This includes keeping our promises, doing what is expected of us, performing our duties and being trustworthy. Role fidelity entails the specific loyalties associated with a particular professional designation, and Purtillo (2005) lists five expectations associated with what patients might reasonably expect in terms of fidelity in the health care context:
Fidelity is perhaps the most common source of ethical conflict. In any particular situation health care professionals may find themselves at odds between what they believe is right, what the patient wants, what other members of the health care team expect, what organizational policy dictates and/or what the profession or the law requires.