Consumers, Clinicians and Confidentiality
Lindenthal, Jacob Jay
Thomas, Claudewell S.
Social Science and Medicine. 1982; 16(3): 333-335.
Questionnaires on confidentiality in the physician-patient relationship were completed by 131 internists, 76 patients, and 76 nonpatients. The findings and implications of the study are discussed. It is suggested that concerns about confidentiality may undermine the sense of trust important to effective medical care and even deter some nonpatients from seeking treatment. (KIE abstract)