oa South African Journal of Bioethics and Law - Indiscretion and other threats to confidentiality

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1999-7639



Confidentiality is a central principle of medical ethics. The most common breaches of this principle are not the rare cases in which the principle is overridden by other considerations. Instead, confidentiality is most often breached when it clearly should be respected. In this paper I outline these threats to confidentiality, the most frequent and disturbing of which is indiscretion in its many forms.

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