CONFIDENTIALITY. Definition. To hold in confidence a secret or private matter, privacy. Not to be divulged or communicated to others. Development of, and Basis for, Confidentiality. Grounded in the moral rules of: do not deprive of freedom or opportunity, and do not break your promises.
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“Dentists are obliged to safeguard the confidentiality of patient records.”
Interpretations of the Code Adopted by the ADA Council of Ethics, Bylaws, and Judicial Affairs
Laws and Administrative Regulations Relating to the Practice of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene, and Dental Specialities
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Unprofessional conduct includes, but in not limited to:
“…willfully betraying any professional secrets.”
Unprofessional conduct is grounds for revocation or suspension of license.
Supported by AMA Principles of Ethics which states:
“a physician shall safeguard patient confidences within the constraints of law.”
California Supreme Court
1 July, 1976
Plaintiff - Parents of woman killed by male patient under the care of psychotherapist.
Defendant - Psychotherapist, University Hospital, University and Board of Regents