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Friday, April 3, 2015

Ethical Implications of Patients and Families Secretly Recording Conversations With Physicians

By Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Morrow, and Ali Seifi
JAMA.
Published online March 12, 2015. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.2424

Here are two excerpts:

Recording conversations could be beneficial for patients. Patients do not always understand or recall all the information provided during visits to physicians.  Recordings could potentially improve accuracy, adherence, and personal engagement by providing opportunities to review conversations at other times, from the comfort of home, and in conjunction with other family members or caregivers.

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Not all possible uses of these recorded conversations are beneficial to patients and physicians. Patients or family members who disagree with the advice of their physicians or who are upset with their physicians for whatever reason can easily take comments from these recordings out of context and, with a few keystrokes, disseminate them via social media. Patients can conceivably record conversations with the specific intent of establishing the grounds for a lawsuit or gathering material with which to manipulate a physician.

The entire article is here.