groupSharon Campbell

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Everyone knowing everyone’ is exactly why privacy is a significant issue in a rural and remote community. It is very difficult at times to control breaches of privacy and confidentiality when a patient’s condition can be unintentionally betrayed through casual conversations by healthcare professionals in areas such as the local store or sports ground, which may result in ‘privileged’ conversations being overheard (Leung et al 2015). There is a concern that people, particularly from rural and remote areas, may not be confident that their health information is protected and will either avoid clinicians or provide incomplete or incorrect health information (Christofero 2005). The protection of the privacy of all patients needs to be given a high priority to ensure continued trust in our health services, particularly for our most vulnerable populations.

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