Privacy and Medicine

[Revised entry by Anita Allen on August 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Individuals, institutions and governments practice, value and protect medical privacy (Beauchamp and Childress
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[Revised entry by Anita Allen on August 20, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Individuals, institutions and governments practice, value and protect medical privacy (Beauchamp and Childress 2008; Humber and Almeder 2001; Englehardt 2000b). As a general rule, they try to limit access to health information and biospecimens, respect health-related decisions, and honor both individual and community expectations of bodily modesty, intimacy, bodily integrity, and self-ownership (Winslade 2014). First, while information-sharing has grown more common,individuals commonly keep some health concerns to themselves, whether out of...

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