Confidentiality Expectations of Patients in Teaching Hospital Clinics Versus Private Practice Offices
Weiss, Barry D.
Senf, Janet H.
Carter, John Z.
Rothe, Thomas C.
Social Science and Medicine. 1986; 23(4): 387-391.
Confidentiality expectations were solicited from 250 patients of a University of Arizona outpatient teaching clinic and from 200 private office practice patients of two of the authors. Despite demographic and practice setting differences, both groups of patients in general had similar impressions of how physicians handle confidential information with other health professionals, spouses, and friends, at medical meetings, and for publication. The authors conclude that physicians' behavior regarding confidentiality is not of critical importance in patient choice of a health care setting. They note, however, that their study evaluated perceptions of confidentiality and not preferences about confidentiality. (KIE abstract)
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Weiss, Barry D. (1982-05-21)A survey of patients, medical students, and house staff at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center indicated that patients expect a more rigorous standard of confidentiality than actually exists. The questionnaire ...