Duties: To the Patient: Maintaining Confidentiality

Maintaining Confidentiality

An important component of trust is the honest and compassionate communication of information in complete confidence.

Receiving and giving sensitive patient information is essential to the physician’s ability to provide quality care to the patient. Patients give information to physicians in a unique context where they have the utmost faith that the physician will maintain patient privacy and confidentiality.

Physicians must safeguard patient information. Occasionally, however, their responsibility to the public outweighs their responsibility to an individual patient, necessitating reporting to another party.

Relevant Policies, Publications and Resources

Confidentiality of Personal Health Information

Cooperation with the College

Female Circumcision, Excision and Infibulation

Mandatory Reporting

Medical Records

Prescribing Drugs


Test Results Management

Third Party Reports