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Patient Confidentiality

Patient Confidentiality

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Patients are more empowered than ever to access health information through social media. How can physicians benefit from this brave new landscape?

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This doctor’s patient has all but lost her short-term memory. Unfortunately, the doctor seems to be the only one who sees it.


If you ask physicians the most intimidating part of their practice, many of them would state the challenge of online communication with patients.


Being a primary-care doctor often means “minding the gap” for patients and serving as therapeutic reassurance for patients unsure of specialists’ plan of care.

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Physician-patient interactions can be rife with emotion. Here are phrases physicians should take care to avoid during these situations.


A recent ruling in Texas is important for physicians to know, because it shows that laws regarding disclosure can have exemptions.

Physicians hold a sacred trust to guard their patients' secrets, dignity, and lives. Succumbing to the temptation to vent frustrations is never right.


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