physician-patient privilege

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physician-patient privilege

n. the right of a physician to refuse to testify in a trial or other legal proceeding about any statement made to him/her by a patient, on the basis that any communication between doctor and patient is confidential. A patient could sue the physician for damages if the doctor breaches the confidence by testifying. Of course, in most trials involving injuries the physician will testify with the plaintiff's permission. Note: when the defendant's physician examines the injured plaintiff, the plaintiff has given permission for that examination and potential testimony, so a plaintiff must be cautious in making statements. (See: confidential communication, privilege)

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The Irish Patients' Association has described the leak as shameful and said patient confidentiality was the cornerstone of the healthcare system.
RCN chief executive Peter Carter said although the RCN could not condone breaking patient confidentiality, it felt the NMC had been unnecessarily harsh.
He said patient confidentiality was the "cornerstone" of the doctor-patient relationship and should not be breached unless there were "extenuating" circumstances.
The court concluded that the finding of a violation of patient confidentiality was unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of discretion.
But last night a spokeswoman for the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health Trust once again refused to comment on Sexton's treatment, saying they do not comment on individual cases because of patient confidentiality.
Several general hospitals in South Wales refused to comment about whether they were treating a case of suspected Legionnaires' disease, citing patient confidentiality as a reason.
Built-in security measures protect patient confidentiality, but individual patient identification can also be determined for tracing the history of the disease.
Physicians must use the same caution for patient confidentiality when communicating via e-mail as they do when using other forms of communication, the delegates agreed.
Physicians must show the same concern for patient confidentiality when communicating via e-mail as they do when using other forms of communication, the delegates agreed.
HIPAA compliance requires technology changes and a range of behavior changes to ensure patient confidentiality.
The "glitch," which is a serious violation of patient confidentiality, marks the 2nd time in 3 months that computer problems at the university have led to problems with patient confidentiality, the paper reported.
But Ashworth Hospital, where Brady is being held, has won a temporary injunction stopping publication in Britain while it is checked whether the book breaches patient confidentiality.

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