“Everybody knows everybody else’s business”—privacy in rural communities

Leung, Janni, Smith, Annetta, Atherton, Iain and McLaughlin, Deirdre (2016) “Everybody knows everybody else’s business”—privacy in rural communities. Journal of Cancer Education, 31 4: 811-812. doi:10.1007/s13187-015-0862-8

Author Leung, Janni
Smith, Annetta
Atherton, Iain
McLaughlin, Deirdre
Title “Everybody knows everybody else’s business”—privacy in rural communities
Journal name Journal of Cancer Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1543-0154
Publication date 2016-12-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Other
DOI 10.1007/s13187-015-0862-8
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 31
Issue 4
Start page 811
End page 812
Total pages 2
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Subject 2730 Oncology
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Abstract Patients have a right to privacy in a health care setting. This involves conversational discretion, security of medical records and physical privacy of remaining unnoticed or unidentified when using health care services other than by those who need to know or whom the patient wishes to know. However, the privacy of cancer patients who live in rural areas is more difficult to protect due to the characteristics of rural communities. The purpose of this article is to reflect on concerns relating to the lack of privacy experienced by cancer patients and health care professionals in the rural health care setting. In addition, this article suggests future research directions to provide much needed evidence for educating health care providers and guiding health care policies that can lead to better protection of privacy among cancer patients living in rural communities.
Keyword Privacy
Rural health services
Rural nursing
Rural population
Quality of health care
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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