Understanding and respecting patient confidentiality

Understanding and respecting patient confidentiality

Help maintain patient confidentiality by learning about the responsibilities and legal frameworks that surround it

World Continuing Education Alliance
Updated Dec 19, 2019

Nurses face a particular challenge in respecting the confidentiality of patients in a world where information is quickly shared and where information about illness can be sensitive. We have a duty of care towards patients. That duty includes maintaining privacy (protecting them from undue intrusion), and confidentiality (by the discreet management of information about themselves that they share with us). Legislation on confidentiality comes from different sources and should be interpreted in the clinical setting. This learning module summarises the principal requirements set out in the legislation and directs readers to questions and tools designed to help them explore the extent to which patient confidentiality is respected where they work.