Question Regarding the Release of Medical Information, in the Case of a Psychotic Drug User?

Question by Nickity: Question regarding the release of medical information, in the case of a psychotic drug user?
Dr. Jones runs a rehab facilitly and is treating a psychotic drug user. The patient suddenly abandons the facility leaving a note that he plans to kill his ex-wife today. The patient has left behind his antipsychotic medicine that he must take every two hours. Dr. Jones

A. may not release this information because it’s confidential.
B. may release the information
C. may release the information only if the patient authorized such release in advance.
D. may release the information after obtaining a court order first.

These answers do not make sense to me. If the patient does harm his ex-wife, the ex-wife could sue Dr. Bob for failure to warn. So is warning the ex-wife considered “releasing the information”?

Best answer:

Answer by adamisskiing
Dr. Bob has an obligation to call the police if someone is making threats to hurt themselves or others.

Answer by Just me
If medical information is on any computer that is online believe this any hacker can get it. I think the drugs are what is making dude act like this, but here the law could be notified simply that the dude is fixing to kill his wife and has said so in a letter to his doctor that solves all of that. No medical information should ever be stored in such a way that any hacker can get it, it is for poor people only if you can pay cash will you not have yours done that way, maybe?

Add your own answer in the comments!


Michael Lindgren sentenced to prison for murdering his mother as family blames
His older brother and sister-in-law spoke in his defense, however, saying ineffective treatment led to the brutal assault. Cindy Lindgren, a Maryland social worker, told the court her brother-in-law had been prescribed unusual medication for his schizo … Read more on The Express Times –

Immune-suppressing Drugs May Not Harm Fetuses
Beyond the basics of rheumatoid arthritis: research, news and treatment. [Monthly]. sign up … Because of medications are rarely, if ever, performed on pregnant women, most of the available information comes from animal studies or case … Read more on Arthritis Today

Call for drug treatment to focus on trauma
"The findings of this research have important and wide-ranging implications for the approach to the prevention and treatment of problematic drug use in Scotland, which has among the highest recorded rates of people with drug problems in Europe," he said. Read more on The Courier

Tags: , , ,