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30 minutes

GPs,GP trainees,Hospital doctors....

Confidentiality and disclosure: your guide to handling patient information

When is it appropriate to disclose information about patients? What constitutes public interest? This module, which covers both confidentiality and disclosure, guides you through the many laws protecting medical information, and explains how to avoid breaking the bond of confidentiality.

Learning outcomes

This module covers the legal aspects of confidentiality and disclosure, and the ethical basis and advice from the GMC. After completing this module, you should know::

  • The legal and ethical basis for confidentiality
  • What justifications there are for breaching confidentiality
  • The duties of data holders and the rights of data subjects
  • Confidentiality after death.

Written by:

Lynn Hagger

Updated by:

Richenda Tisdale

Last updated

23 Jun 2017

Release date

23 Dec 2009

Accreditation

Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
BMJ Learning 1 credit, 1:00 hour BMJ Learning has assigned one hour of credit to this module
Bhutan Medical and Health Council 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours Bhutan Medical and Health Council has formally accredited all BMJ Learning online modules for continuous professional development. Bhutan Medical and Health Council will accept the CME credit provided by BMJ Learning to any registered members of Bhutan Medical and Health Council for renewal of their registration.
Dubai Health Authority 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours BMJ Learning is approved as a CME resource by the Dubai Health Authority (accreditation number 0254/11)
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) of the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait is the authority responsible for organising all aspects of postgraduate training of medical practitioners and other health professionals in Kuwait. Users within Kuwait can claim 30 minutes or 0.5 credit per half an hour of learning completed.
Oman Medical Specialty Board 0.5 credits The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits this module for 0.5 credit points under Category II
Pakistan Society of Family Physicians 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours The Pakistan Society of Family Physicians has assigned half an hour of credit to this module.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 0:30 hours The RACP does not accredit CPD activities, but MyCPD Program guidelines state that fellows can claim a maximum of 50 credits per year for online learning under 'Category 6 - Other Learning Activities'.
SBMFC 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours This is to state that SBMFC recognizes BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purposes of continuing educational development. Healthcare professionals and students can thus claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ Learning. Completion of one learning module is the equivalent of 0.5 credits or 0.5 hours of learning.
SOGIMIG 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours This is to state that Associacao de Obstetricia e Ginecologia de Minas Gerais recognises BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purposes of continuing educational development. Healthcare professionals and students can thus claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ Learning. Completion of one learning module is the equivalent of 0.5 credits or 0.5 hours of learning.
The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar represented by the Accreditation Department of the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners recognizes the continuous medical education (CME)/continuing professional development (CPD) modules provided through BMJ Learning as Category II self-directed learning activities in the State of Qatar. Healthcare professionals in Qatar can thus claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ Learning, calculated as 0.5 credits unit per 0.5 hours (Organization Code OP-02).
UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours This Program has been awarded 0.5 CPD Credit Hours by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
University of Health Sciences Lahore 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours University of Health Sciences Lahore has assigned half an hour of credit to this module.