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The prevalence of confidential information in antenatal records

, : The prevalence of confidential information in antenatal records. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 8(3): 219-221

Much recent attention has been focused on patients' access to medical records. Some authors have argued that patients should be allowed to carry their own notes and consider that the presence of confidential information in these notes is not an important factor. There is little information on the prevalence of confidential information in hosptial case notes. We are reporting a survey of 390 women booking consecutively for confinement, which shows that 31 (7.9 per cent) of these patients denoted some item in their history as being confidential. In many cases the family doctor or the partner were specifically excluded from the information. In such cases, allowing notes out of the hospital system may risk compromising patients' confidentiality.

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Accession: 006740285

PMID: 11659238

DOI: 10.3109/01443618809012288

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