by Max Barry

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Candlewhisper Archive wrote:Question on ethics, I'm curious to know your thoughts, all.

I have patients who feel anxious about going to work because of covid 19.

There workplaces have taken all reasonable measures to protect their staff, but some people remain understandably frightened.

They want signing off work for anxiety. They are not wanting medical treatment, as when not at work they are not anxious.

Do you think it's reasonable for them to be signed off work by their doctor?

I think the bold part is the problem. They may have honest intentions, but there is no way to know if they are just shunning work or not.

I don't know if you mean a drug-based treatment for anxiety, and I can understand people being sceptical about medication. But perhaps they could be referred to a psychologist for therapy? Quite apart from that, I think many of us will need that once we get back to things. So I understand the anxiety, but we cannot stay home forever.

Anyway, tough choice. Do you have the option to refer them to a psychologist for an evaluation of their anxiety? If the moral dilemma hinges on whether they have anxiety or not, a psychologist could be a better judge of that. And perhaps they'd have some tools to persuade them to come to therapy as well?