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Finding a balance: confidentiality versus the duty to warn.

Authors
  • Murphy, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Faculty notes (New Orleans, La.)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1998
Volume
10
Issue
5
Pages
8–9
Identifiers
PMID: 11365836
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There is a great deal of confusion among medical providers on the issue of patient confidentiality. Providers often must weigh whether it is correct to protect a patient's right to non-disclosure compared to a third-party's right to know of potential exposure to HIV or other infectious illnesses. Several case studies are presented. As a general guideline, the courts have supported the right to privacy if exposure risks are low.

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