1.6 Confidentiality

Confidentiality

  • Explain to the patient that information gathered during the examination/follow-up medical forensic care will be included in the medical record and shared with investigative entities if the patient chooses to report to the authorities.
  • The patient may wrongly assume that medical records from the examination are protected health information and may be unaware that privacy laws may be overridden in cases of sexual assault.
Office on Violence Against Women. (2013)