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Nursing Ethics by Nisha Clement

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Chapter 7

Confidentiality

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  1. Meaning and definition of confidentiality
  2. Important terms in confidentiality
  3. Concepts concerning confidentiality
  4. Types of confidentiality
  5. Principles of confidentiality
  6. The confidentiality model
  7. Role of nurse in maintaining confidentiality
7.1 INTRODUCTION

Confidentiality is an important ethical principle in nursing. It is an important legal and medical obligation that all health professionals are supposed to obey. Matters regarding patients should not be disclosed to others at any cost. Confidentiality, trust and privacy are three principles that are intertwined; if there is no privacy and trust, there is no room for confidentiality. Both the Hippocrates Oath and the Nightingale Pledge stress ...

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