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(p. 73) Step 3: Obtaining Truly Informed Consent Before Disclosing Confidential Information Voluntarily 

(p. 73) Step 3: Obtaining Truly Informed Consent Before Disclosing Confidential Information Voluntarily
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(p. 73) Step 3: Obtaining Truly Informed Consent Before Disclosing Confidential Information Voluntarily
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Mary Alice Fisher

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780199752201.003.0007
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date: 18 January 2021

Chapter 6 walks therapists through Step 3, and covers how to obtain truly informed consent before disclosing confidential information voluntarily. It emphasizes that ‘confidential’ is a reminder that every disclosure of patient information constitutes an exception to the rule of confidentiality, and how therapists are often tempted (or urged by others) to create their own ‘personal exceptions’, and this chapter is therefore a reminder that, ethically speaking, confidentiality is still the rule. It also examines how, in the absence of a legal requirement to disclose, information about a patient should ordinarily remain confidential, and therapists should not disclose it without first obtaining the patient’s consent, either as part of the informed consent process at intake or in preparation for a patient-specific disclosure.

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