Balancing a patient’s right to privacy with the information needs of family and others
Families and friends play a vital role in the care and support of people with serious mental illness. However, caregivers often complain that treating teams do not adequately inform them of their loved one’s condition and management plan. Failure or refusal to disclose such information can be very distressing for those offering support and, in circumstances where people with mental illness behave in threatening, violent or self-destructive ways, it can have serious repercussions.1
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