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Privacy and confidentiality

Privacy and confidentiality are cornerstones of the Canadian health care system. Together they play a key role in the physician–patient relationship by establishing trust and contributing to the integrity of the medical profession.

CMA policies

Principles for the Protection of Patients' Personal Health Information (2011; most recent)

Principles concerning physician information (2012; most recent)

The medical record: confidentiality, access and disclosure (2000; most recent)

Clinical vignettes

CMA — Social media and Canadian physicians (2012)

Disclosing personal health information to third parties (2011)

Need to know and circle of care (2011)

Aditional resources

Journal of Medical Ethics collection: Confidentiality