Differences between general practice and hospital settings have ethical and legal implications for teachers and learners
The general practice setting provides a learning environment that creates a unique ethical and legal milieu for the general practitioner, the patient and the student. It is a less formal, more intimate and less anonymous setting than the hospital environment, and GPs often have long‐established relationships with patients and detailed knowledge of their circumstances. As a community‐centred enterprise, social connections between patients, their families, practice staff and the GP, and sometimes also students, may foster unintended breaches of confidentiality and a vulnerability to boundary crossings.1
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