Confidentiality and Disclosure
Introduction to confidentiality and disclosure (Open Access)
When can disclosures be made in the public interest without the patient’s consent? (Open Access)
What are the key principles of confidentiality?
When can personal information be disclosed for audit, research, or in journals or textbooks?
Disclosure where health practitioners have dual responsibilities
This topic focuses on those situations where practitioners have a clear obligation to an identifiable third party that can be in tension with the obligation to the patient, such as where healthcare practitioners:
provide occupational health services or medical care for employees of a company or organisation;
are employed by an organisation, such as an insurance company;
work for an agency assessing claims for benefits;
provide medical care to patients, and are subsequently asked to provide medical reports or information for third parties about the patients;
work as district medical officers or forensic pathologists;
work in the Armed Forces; or
work in correctional services.