DHS uses personal details to recruit patients into medical study

Description

A recent breach of patient confidentiality by the Department of Human Services has raised legal and ethical questions.

THE Department of Human Services (DHS) is under scrutiny this week after it was revealed the department sent letters to 50,000 patients who were previously prescribed lithium. DHS was seeking to recruit the recipients into a non-Government study on bipolar disorder.

Psychiatrists raised concerns after receiving complaints from patients who had received the letters and accused their psychiatrists of breaching patient confidentiality.

Subject

Privacy Policy; Law

Period2 Aug 2019

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleDHS uses personal details to recruit patients into medical study
    Media name/outletIndependent Australia
    CountryAustralia
    Date2/08/19
    PersonsBruce Baer Arnold