Confidentiality Disclosure to Patient's Family

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One aspect of health care that creates tremendous concern for patients is personal health information, specifically disclosure of that information to third parties. Physician-patient confidentiality is a cornerstone of medical practice and of the relationship between physicians and their patients. This confidentiality allows patients to be completely candid with their physicians in giving their medical histories and in explaining symptoms and distress.1 Except in certain circumstances, patients must specifically consent to disclosure of information about their health care before a treating physician is at liberty to discuss that information with anyone, including a patient’s family.

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