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Doctor insights on: Do Social Workers Follow The Patient Confidentiality Code

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Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?

All health care DO: All providers, including social workers are required to respect patient confidentiality, just like dentists, physicians, nurses, and pas. In the case of suspected child abuse for example, it is normall legally required for the provider to alert the authorities (child protection services). There are other situations that would require alerting authorities such as elder abuse and death threats. ...Read more

Confidentiality (Definition)

Confidentiality is an ethical principle related to the privacy and protection of personal information. In medicine, and other professions such as law, there are guidelines for professionals regarding the protection of patient and ...Read more


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Is there a doctor patient confidentially code between a doc and a minor (17years of age)? In reference to having smoked pot before.

Is there a doctor patient confidentially code between a doc and a minor (17years of age)? In reference to having smoked pot before.

Yes: Doctors are under an ethical obligation to maintain confidentiality of all patients regardless of age unless they are a threat to their own life or to the lives of others. Maintaining this confidentiality is what gives patients the confidence to tell us about their behaviors. Only by having all the information can we deliver the best care possible. ...Read more

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If SSI collects medical records for a continuing disability review is there still some dr-patient confidentiality or will they know everything I said?

If SSI collects medical records for a continuing disability review is there still some dr-patient confidentiality or will they know everything I said?

Documentation: It depends on what your physician wrote in your medical records. As a patient, you have the right to obtain a copy of your medical records, to see which details of past conversations they contain. SSI will be able to see the same information that you are able to access. http://healthit.gov/patients-families/faqs/how-can-i-access-my-health-informationmedical-record ...Read more

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Could it be against doctor patient confidentiality to tell someones partner they have an std?

Could it be against doctor patient confidentiality to tell someones partner they have an std?

Yes: However, stds need to be reported to the department of health. It is strongly encouraged that you share your std status with all sexual partners to make sure the infections are not spread. ...Read more

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What knowledge do social workers have of the government and finances?

What knowledge do social workers have of the government and finances?

Depends on SW: Most sw's have knowledge of social programs on the state and federal level, however, this depends on the setting they work in. Hospital sw have more knowledge pertinent to hospitalized patients, whereas those working in the office setting have more of it for the patients they see. As far as government per say, they have no better knowledge than an average person should have. Not sure on finances. ...Read more

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How much medical knowledge do social workers have?

Limited: Social workers are generally not trained in the medical aspects of care. They are generally knowlegable about the practice of medicine and the protocols of medicine but they do not practice medicien. Their expertise is in helping to arrange for medical care & getting patients and their family through the medical care maze. They help find financial support & social support. They are invaluable! ...Read more

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Do social workers help arrange palliative care?

Do social workers help arrange palliative care?

Yes: Depending on where you are and whether you are in a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health etc. Palliative care can be arranged by social workers, chaplains, case managers and discharge planners. You'll probably never go wrong by starting with the social worker. ...Read more

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