Confidentiality in Medicine -- a Decrepit Concept
New England Journal of Medicine. 1982 Dec 9; 307(24): 1518-1521.
Siegler maintains that medical confidentiality, as traditionally understood by physicians and patients, no longer exists; modern hospital care requires that medical records be available to health care team members, administrators, insurers, and others. He urges the public and the medical profession to direct their efforts toward salvaging those aspects of confidentiality which should be retained, rather than vainly trying to perpetuate a myth. He suggests several ways that unnecessary breaches of confidentiality could be minimized. (KIE abstract)