Confidentiality And Privilege

The concepts of privilege and confidentiality are often confused. Privilege (more accurately called "testimonial privilege") is a legal term used to describe the protection afforded certain types of relationships (e.g., attorney-client, physician-patient, therapist-client) during legal and administrative proceedings. Confidentiality rules are broader and refer to a general standard of professional conduct that governs the disclosure of personal information to anyone not involved in the patient's care. Physicians and health care providers are legally and ethically mandated to protect the confidentiality of information they obtain through their clinical work.

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