Reflective accounts

Patient confidentiality

A CPD article informed Monika Mazgaj of the legislation and policies relating to patient confidentiality

A CPD article informed Monika Mazgaj of the legislation and policies relating to patient confidentiality.

Abstract

Respecting patients’ wishes is a crucial aspect of safeguarding in nursing. After reading the CPD article, I am knowledgeable about the legislation and policies relating to confidentiality and information management.

Nurses should understand the law regarding confidentiality; they must act within the bounds of the law and be accountable for their actions. Under the Human Rights Act 1998, an individual has the ‘right to respect for his private and family life’ (Article 8), while the Mental Capacity Act 2005 empowers individuals to permit any information about them to be shared with others. The Data Protection Act 1998 sets out principles for handling information.

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This reflective account is based on NS778 Price B (2015) Respecting patient confidentiality. Nursing Standard. 29, 22, 50-57.

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