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Patient Confidentiality: The Legal Framework, Ethics and Code of Conduct

Accreditation Details

Valid From
24 Aug. 2021
Expiry Date
31 Dec. 2021
CPD Points
CPD Category
Category 1



Course Description

Medical information, or records (physical or digital) of a patient/client is handled by all health professionals in one way or the other. The type, nature, and detail of such information vary depending on what the health professional is required to do for the patient/client. This means that the history, lab tests, doctors' notes, medicines prescribed, procedures to be performed, etc. to the patient; are all listed in the patient records or any piece of information that may come into the hands of the relevant health professional. The patient record is also where other members of the health care team may refer for their plan of action and management of the patient/client.

These records; regardless of their nature, constitute a legal document. They can be used as a form of evidence when malpractice, negligence, or related misconduct is suspected.

This short course will give you the opportunity to get a clear and unambiguous understanding of the do’s and don’ts, the legal framework, ethics, and code of conduct with regards to patient confidentiality. Familiarizing yourself with these will save you a lot of legal and administrative troubles.

What you will learn

1. Description of what the duty of confidentiality requires
2. Description of when confidentiality is breached
3. Ascertaining the appropriateness and inappropriateness of disclosures
4. Legal exceptions

Course Content

Lecture Sessions

  • Session 1
  • Session 2
  • Session 3
  • Session 4


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About Facilitator

  • 3 Courses on CES

Dr. Emmanuel Maurice Ankrah


Head of Medico-Legal Ghana Health Service

Medico-Legal Consultant, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ghana

Dr Ankrah holds a post graduate certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from Ghana Institute of Management Public Administration, Barrister at Law from Ghana School of Law. He also graduated from Vinnitsa State Medical University in Ukraine. He has practiced medicine in Ghana since 1998. Dr.

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