Physician Breach of Patient Confidentiality Among Individuals With Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Patterns of Decision
Schwartzbaum, Judith A.
Wheat, John R.
Norton, Robert W.
American Journal of Public Health. 1990 Jul; 80(7): 829-834.
To determine whether the sex, race, or sexual preference of a patient infected with immunodeficiency virus (HIV) influences a physician's decision to breach patient confidentiality, Tennessee primary care physicians were mailed a questionnaire containing a case study in which an HIV-infected patient presented a risk to a third party. Eight different descriptions of the sex, race, and sexual preference of the hypothetical patient were distributed randomly among the physicians, one description to each physician. The physicians were asked to decide whether to maintain confidentiality, notify the health department, or inform the patient's partner. Responses of 199 white male physicians were analyzed using an unconditional saturated logistic regression model...The results suggest that when physicians decide to protect a third party by breaching an HIV-infected patient's confidentiality, their decision may be influenced in some cases by the race, sex, and sexual....
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