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Confidentiality

Fiona Randall and R.S. Downie

in Palliative Care Ethics

Second edition

Published in print June 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630681
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730078 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630681.003.0007
Confidentiality

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This chapter discusses the moral basis for rules of confidentiality in palliative care, the constitution of confidential information, sharing confidential information, disclosure of information to third parties, confidentiality and the non-autonomous patient, and justifications for infringements of confidentiality. Everything that health-care staff learn in the context of their professional relationship with the patient should be regarded as confidential. Rules of confidentiality apply to non-autonomous and deceased patients as well as to autonomous ones. Confidential information should be used only for the purpose for which it was given, and should not be passed on to others without the patient's consent, unless necessary to avoid likely and moderate or serious harm to the patient or third parties.

Keywords: confidentiality rules; palliative care; confidential information; information disclosure; non-autonomous patient; patient's consent

Chapter.  5165 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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