Love Triangle Results in Breach of Patient Confidentiality

16 Aug 2017

by Ms Nerissa Ferrie

Patient at practice desk

Doctors are acutely aware of the importance of maintaining patient confidentiality. A belief that personal health information will be kept private (to the extent the law allows) is a key ingredient in patients maintaining trust in the medical profession.

A recent article highlights the need for doctors to educate staff on all aspects of privacy and patient confidentiality. Non-medical staff are often privy to personal health information. A breach of confidentiality, whether inadvertent or deliberate, can lead to patients feeling extremely vulnerable.

A deliberate breach of confidentiality doesn’t just erode the patient’s confidence in the doctor, but in the profession as a whole.

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