Privacy / Confidentiality
- with the informed consent of the patient/client,
- if required by law (e.g., as part of an investigation or reporting of suspected child abuse), and
- to disclose a risk of harm as enabled under applicable legislation related to personal health information protection.
Patient / Client Expected Outcome
Patients/clients can expect that RTs protect their right to privacy and confidentiality.
- College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. (2014). Responsibilities under Consent Legislation. Professional Practice Guideline. Available at: http://www.crto.on.ca/pdf/PPG/UnderConsent.pdf
- College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario. (2015). Documentation Professional Practice Guideline. Available at: http://www.crto.on.ca/pdf/ppg/documentation.pdf
- Government of Ontario. (2004). Personal Health Information Protection Act. Available at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/04p03
- Officer of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. (2015). The Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Available at: https://www.priv.gc.ca/leg_c/leg_c_p_e.asp