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Do social workers follow the patient confidentiality code?
4 doctors weighed in

Dr. Allen Fein
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Allen Fein
Dr. Allen Fein
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
*Clinical* social workers respect patient confidentiality as stated by Dr Fein. However, many social workers are employed by agencies such as the Welfare Department and are not clinicians. Their clients are not patients, and the level of confidentiality is set by the agency where they work. Since this is a health site, you probably meant the first kind of social worker, though.
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