Confidentiality in Prison Health Care - a Practical Guide

Elger, Bernice S. and Shaw, David. (2016) Confidentiality in Prison Health Care - a Practical Guide. In: Emerging Issues in Prison Health. Dordrecht, pp. 183-200.

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Medical confidentiality is universally recognized as an essential component of healthcare. However, preserving and protecting the confidentiality of prisoner patients is challenging in several ways. In this chapter we explore the general importance of medical confidentiality, and some of the challenges that arise in the wider context, before explaining and discussing some of the particular dilemmas that arise in the context of providing healthcare for prisoners. Overall, although healthcare professionals have the same obligations regarding confidentiality in the context of prisons, the conflicts of interest posed by their competing obligations to prison authorities often make it very difficult to strike the right balance between respecting patient confidentiality and protecting prisoners and others. We conclude by suggesting potential solutions for some of these difficult situations.
Faculties and Departments:08 Cross-disciplinary Subjects > Ethik > Institut für Bio- und Medizinethik > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Public Health > Ethik in der Medizin > Bio- und Medizinethik (Elger)
UniBasel Contributors:Elger, Bernice Simone and Shaw, David
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
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