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privacySeclusion, freedom from disturbance or interference. Privacy has two intertwined components in the context of healthcare:
(1) The patient’s rights and expectations that personal health information is shared only between professionals who need it to manage the patient; in the UK access to such information is monitored by the provider’s Caldicott Guardian; and
(2) The physical space, clothing and other measures taken to ensure that the private conversations remain so, and that patients’ dignity is preserved and embarrassment minimised by providing appropriate clothing.
Medspeak-UK: pronounced, PRIV uh see
Medspeak-US: pronounced, PRY vuh see
privacyNIHspeak Control over the extent, timing, and circumstances of sharing oneself–physically, behaviorally, or intellectually with others
Patient discussion about privacy
Q. I am upset by the lack of privacy at dialysis centers. Does anyone see their nephrologist in private office? My nephrologist comes to see me and examine me while I am receiving dialysis. I understand his talking to me but the exam is objectionable and I am unable to ask personal questions because everyone is listening. I am told they are all old and don't hear us but that is patronizing and extremely rude. Are there rules against this? Why can't we have office visits where there is some privacy?
But when I was in Calgary Alberta they would make you a appointment every 3 months to see the doctor.