Nurses and other health-care providers are encouraged to consider the following with regards to privacy and confidentiality:
- Laws and professional practice standards regarding privacy and confidentiality vary across jurisdictions. Nurses and other health-care providers must know and adhere to applicable laws and standards.
- It is important to obtain consent from the older adult or substitute decision maker before sharing information with others. This may include consent for collaborations with family members and the interprofessional team.
- Sharing private and confidential information may be allowable in specific situations (e.g., emergency situations). For clarification, consult your local legislation and professional practice standards.
- Sharing personal information with other health-care providers may be necessary for the continuity of care but should be guided by local legislation and professional practice standards.
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