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Confidentiality and privacy: beyond legal duties

Colin JH Thomson
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (6): 252-253.
Published online: 17 March 2003

Building a patient's trust is just as important as following the letter of the law

The cases and discussion in the article by Braunack-Mayer and Mulligan in this issue of the Journal (page 277)1 provide informative examples of legal and ethical dimensions of confidentiality and privacy in doctor–patient relationships. It is important to clarify the foundations and scope of both legal and ethical duties.

  • Colin JH Thomson

  • Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW.

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