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Importance Of OCD Patient’s Privacy
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Patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder may usually feel embarrassed because of their obsessive and compulsive symptoms. Problems arise at times when it comes to their sexuality behavior and symptoms that may cause violence. Because of this embarrassment, patients may feel shy in giving out information to their doctors with regard to their symptoms. With this reason, patients must be reassured that the law requires health professionals to keep information confidential and give every patient what is due to their right to remain confidential. On the other hand, there are situations which require certain information to be laid out on the public when the law authorizes. This is the so-called limits of confidentiality. This case usually happens when there are certain information needed before a patient undergo medical or psychological treatment to cure their obsessive and compulsive symptoms.

The law requires all health professionals to maintain confidentiality in the patient's information and record though there are times that this confidentiality may be set into limits. There are various issues and concerns where these limits take place.

When the patient has the ability to harm others and health professionals have identified this danger from the patient, they have the responsibility not to keep this as a secret but instead do something like reporting it to the police or to the authority and asking help from the family members of the patient. There are also cases in which patients have the tendency to harm themselves, healthcare providers should not keep this as private.

When present health taker of the patient is able to get information of abuse and or maltreatment from the previous health taker, it is his responsibility to report the said incident to the police so that it will not happen again on any other patients.

Health professionals usually belong to a group or panel of health takers where they discuss things and issues with regard to their patient’s condition. This is important because they help each other to solve the case and apply treatment to the patient’s symptoms. There are some information that every health professional must share with their colleagues in order to acquire other information, advice and opinion that may best help the patient’s disorder.

An audit by a regulating professional is also done to the patient’s records and documents. This is done so that the regulating board can evaluate and see to it that the attending health professional is doing his work properly relating to the patient’s condition and symptoms.


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