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Can J Psychiatry. 1998 Dec;43(10):1001-5.

Confidentiality in crisis: Part I--The duty to inform.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Ontario. graham.glancy@utoronto.ca

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To discuss the ethical and legal imperatives to protect third parties from harm in circumstances often believed to be protected by doctor-patient confidentiality.

METHOD:

A review of recent legislative changes and legal decisions pertaining to a psychiatrist's duty to warn.

CONCLUSION:

The current legislative and legal climate presents many risks to the concept of doctor-patient confidentiality. Psychiatrists must carefully consider any guarantees of confidentiality made to patients and must discuss the limits of confidentiality when obtaining consent for treatment.

PMID:
9868564
DOI:
10.1177/070674379804301004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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