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What about the dentist–patient relationship in dental tourism?
  1. Adelaide Conti1,
  2. Paola Delbon1,
  3. Laura Laffranchi2,
  4. Corrado Paganelli2
  1. 1Forensic Science Department, Centre of Bioethics Research (with contribution of Fondazione Poliambulanza), University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  2. 2Dental School Department, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Paola Delbon, Forensic Science Department, Centre of Bioethics Research (with contribution of Fondazione Poliambulanza), University of Brescia, Brescia 25123, Italy; paola.delbon{at}med.unibs.it

Abstract

Dental tourism is patients travelling across international borders with the intention of receiving dental care. It is a growing phenomenon that raises many ethical issues, particularly regarding the dentist–patient relationship. We discuss various issues related to this phenomenon, including patient autonomy over practitioner choice, patient safety, continuity of care, informed consent and doctor–patient communication, among other factors. In particular, patients partaking in medical tourism should be informed of its potential problems and the importance of proper planning and post-treatment care to guarantee high-quality treatment outcomes.

  • Professional Misconduct
  • Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Autonomy
  • Clinical Ethics
  • Informed Consent

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