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Privacy and confidentiality in emergency medicine: obligations and challenges. Emerg Med Clin North Am 2006 Aug;24(3):633-56

Date

08/01/2006

Pubmed ID

16877134

Pubmed Central ID

PMC7132767

DOI

10.1016/j.emc.2006.05.005

Abstract

Respect for privacy and confidentiality have been professional responsibilities of physicians throughout recorded history. This article reviews the moral, religious, and legal foundations of privacy and confidentiality and discusses the distinction between these two closely related concepts. Current federal and state laws are reviewed, including HIPAA regulations and their implications for research and care in the emergency department. In the emergency department, privacy and confidentiality often are challenged by physical design, crowding, visitors, film crews, communication, and other factors. These problems are reviewed, and advice and guidelines are offered for helping preserve patients' dignity and rights to privacy and confidentiality.

Author List

Geiderman JM, Moskop JC, Derse AR

Author

Arthur R. Derse MD, JD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Biomedical Research
Confidentiality
Disease Notification
Emergency Medicine
Emergency Service, Hospital
Forms and Records Control
Hospital Design and Construction
Humans
Mandatory Reporting
Privacy
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