Confidentiality in health care: conflicting legal and ethical issues
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Confidentiality in health care: conflicting legal and ethical issues

Maureen Beech Interim continuing health care manager, Somerset Primary Care Trust, Bridgwater, Somerset

This article examines the circumstances in which dilemmas might arise between the need to maintain a patient’s confidentiality and the need to disclose information. The author explains that nurses should be familiar with their professional code of conduct and keep up to date with any changes in the law to understand when it might be justified to override the duty of confidentiality.

Nursing Standard. 21, 21,42-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2007.01.21.21.42.c4513

Correspondence

maureen.beech@somersetpct.nhs.uk

Peer review

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