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UNIT 9:

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

 

OUTLINE OF THE SYLLABUS

1. Definitions of ‘privacy’ and ‘confidentiality’

2. Reasons for respecting privacy and confidentiality

3. Duty of healthcare providers to protect the privacy of patients

4. Duty of healthcare providers to maintain confidentiality (also known as ‘professional secrecy’)


5. Confidentiality extends to all personal health information, including genetic data

 

6. Justified breaches of confidentiality include:

a. Sharing information for patient care
b. Using interpreters
c. Teaching medical students
d. Mandatory reporting
e. Serious danger to others
f. Genetic information
g. With patient or guardian consent

7. Special circumstances of research

 
FILM: 21 grams / (A. González Iñárritu, 2003)

Synopsis
21 grams is a disquieting story concerning the value of life and death. Paul Rivers suffers a serious heart condition and must have an urgent transplant. He is not expected to live long so he goes with his wife Mary to a fertility center in search of help to conceive a child despite the difficult circumstances. He finally receives the heart of a man who died, together with his two daughters, in a car accident. The widow, devastated by the tragedy, later receives the unexpected visit of Paul, the recipient of the organ donated by her dead husband, thus opening a complex web of passion, guilt and vengeance.