Confidentiality and Privilege

Report Writing

A request for a report should always be accompanied by the patient’s signed authority. This allows you to provide the relevant information without being in breach of your duty of confidentiality. You should only accept original authorities, not photocopies.

Until the report is circulated to other parties by the lawyer, its status is usually that of a privileged document. A privileged document is obtained to provide legal advice to the patient and should not be revealed to anyone else without the patient’s permission. The report is also covered by health professional-patient confidentiality and the practitioner cannot release copies without the specific authority of the patient.