US court rules on confidentialityBMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7047.1629b (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1629
Relations between a patient and his or her psychotherapist are confidential and are protected from disclosure in federal trials, the US Supreme Court ruled this month. Previously, only attorney-client communications and communications between husband and wife were protected as privileged in federal courts. To date, all 50 US states have rules that, in some way, protect forced disclosure of therapist-patient relationships.
America's highest court made the …
Log in using your username and password
Log in through your institution
Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial