Readers panel: Are health professionals too reluctant to share patient data that could help prevent suicide?
The chief executive of Papyrus, a charity dedicated to preventing suicide by young people, has written to the head of every NHS trust in England urging them to back employees who share information about a patient to keep them safe from suicide. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Rachel Kent is a mental health nurse in London
In my experience the opposite is true. As clinicians, we are eager to share any concerns about our patients with family members, as they provide an important safety net. Provided the patient agrees, and we have documented this, we are confident about sharing information. Problems can arise when the patient does not want us to share information and we have concerns about their safety – it is harder to find a balance between maintaining confidentiality and keeping safe someone who is...
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