Confidentiality in practice: non-Western perspectives on privacy

Ian Harper

in Private and confidential?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349064
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303077 | DOI:
Confidentiality in practice: non-Western perspectives on privacy

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This chapter draws on the author's experiences as a medical practitioner and researcher in Nepal to reflect on the idea of ‘confidentiality’ both from an interdisciplinary perspective and in the non-Western context of Nepal. His experiences have made the author suspicious towards the idea that there can be one universally applicable standard of confidentiality in health settings in a country like Nepal. The situations are complex, and the ethical ambiguities faced in real-life situations of practice and research make appropriation of any particular position difficult and fraught with uncertainty. This is worth taking into account when we think of issues of globalisation, and the attempts that particular institutions might make in trying to push one particular form of ethical stricture developed elsewhere.

Keywords: Nepal; professionals; medical practitioners; privacy; ethics

Chapter.  5293 words. 

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