Storage of Medical Records

If you are in private practice, you are responsible for the proper maintenance and storage of your patients' records. If you are employed by an institution, the responsibility is the institutions'. A statute of limitations is the length of time within which a proper lawsuit can be brought, or the time period during which you are vulnerable to a lawsuit. It also defines the length of time you must maintain the client's medical record. This period of time is determined by state statute. You...

Confidentiality

When we talk about confidentiality, we are referring to the practice of not sharing information that someone has told us with the intention that it be only for our ears. The principle of confidentiality has both public health and individual health rationales. Socially and medically, it is important to encourage people to seek out and obtain medical care when it is needed. The promise of confidentiality enables vulnerable individuals to share what may be personal and otherwise embarrassing...

Informed Consent

The phrase informed consent was first used in 1957.180 The concept of informed consent is derived from the principle of respect for an individual's autonomy, or control over her own body.181 As part of that respect, decision making for medical treatment should come from the patient herself. In order to make the best decision, the patient needs to have a substantial understanding of the medical information, she has to be free from anyone else's control, and she has to then intentionally...