Although most dentists may think of themselves first and foremost as independent practitioners, they are increasingly reliant on others to meet the oral health needs of their patients. This article will deal with ethical issues that arise in the relationships of dentists both with their dentist colleagues and with other oral health care personnel. Some issues are common to both; others arise only in one or the other relationship. Many of these issues are relatively new, since they result from recent changes in dentistry and health care.
After reading this module you will be able to describe the behaviours and cooperation between dentists an other healthcare professionals, understand when and how to report unethical behavior of colleagues and explain how to resolve conflicts with other healthcare providers.