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Physician Duties Regarding Information

Learn about a physician’s duties to maintain confidential information and to obtain a patient’s informed consent.


The existence of a physician-patient relationship places legal duties on the physician. A physician’s duties to provide a certain level of medical care and not to abandon a patient are covered in a separate lesson. In this lesson, we’ll look at the physician’s initial duties to keep a patient’s treatment information private and to get informed consent.

I. Physician’s Duty to Keep Patient Information Private

From the instant a physician-patient relationship is created, the physician owes the...