This article, the second in a series of three considering issues of autonomy, privacy and informed consent in nurse/patient interactions, focuses on the wider conceptions of patient privacy and confidentiality. Given that patients in institutional care are likely to suffer intrusions into their privacy which would be considered unusual in normal social interaction, it is interesting to note the dearth of literature in this area. Some definitions of privacy are considered in an attempt to begin to raise readers' awareness of the complexity of this notion. It can be argued that privacy is a pertinent notion to consider, both in order to gain a greater understanding of what is meant by the term and in terms of the implications of this understanding for clinical practice.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2000|
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