Dr. Bob is legally obligated to respect patient doctor confidentiality. It is the patient’s rights to have her information communicated how she chooses. Dr. Bob cannot legally discuss or relay any information about Paula to anyone without her consent; it would be a violation of HIPAA. No, my answer would not be different regardless of threat of violence or not. However, if Dr. Bob feels there are deeper issues he should refer the patient to a Counselor.
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A patient has a right to privacy, no matter the subject. Whether it is right or wrong.Privacy is a right
Dr Bob cannot legally discuss or relay any information about Paula to anyone without her consent .It would be a violation of the HIPPA law. He could lose his license if he does.