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Type: Journal article
Title: Sharing patient information between professionals: confidentiality and ethics
Author: Braunack-Mayer, A.
Mulligan, E.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2003; 178(6):277-279
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0025-729X
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Annette J Braunack-Mayer and Ea C Mulligan
Abstract: Careful consideration of the ethical implications is required before patient information should be shared without the patient's knowledge. Routine and apparently uncontroversial releases of information can be perceived as problematic by patients. The ethics of such "ordinary" breaches of confidence can be explored by considering the patient's autonomy, the patient's best interests, and the public interest in preserving or breaching confidentiality. Patient autonomy can be supported and ethical problems may be avoided when patients are given as much information as possible about foreseeable information disclosures.
Keywords: Humans
Physician-Patient Relations
Informed Consent
Ethics, Medical
Quality of Health Care
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia. An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05195.x
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