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A Medical Student and YOU:Patient Confidentiality
I am putting up a series of excellent discussions about ethical/professional issues that could involve a medical student and you or a family member as a patient. Each discussion as a separate thread is based on the book Professionalism in Medicine : A Case-Based Guide for Medical Students. Cambridge:Cambridge University Press; 2010 and from the website "Professionalism in Medicine" prepared by Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Each issue at the website is begun with a brief vignette, and then a brief video dramatization of the vignette and then followed by perspective commentaries by a medical student and followed by that of a faculty member. First go to the following link, read, view and then return and present the visitors to this thread your own view of the particular professional issue from the perspective of the patient: Commitment to Patient Confidentiality
A STARTING COMMENT FROM ME:
It's all about the "need to know". Comments about an individual patient's medical or psycho-social condition have to be guarded and away from those individuals who have "NO need to know" where the need is to provide diagnosis, therapy, financial or other specific benefit to the patient unless otherwise specifically requested by the patient. That is why,in the United States, we have the HIPAA regulations which penalizes those who violate the "need to know" dictum.
One could argue that, if the information is unidentifiable regarding any specific patient such release of information is safe. Unfortunately, in these days of mass communication and the internet with search engines, specific patient identification is easier and unidentifiable can be a "wishful thinking" concept. ..Maurice.