Being a sexologist, maintaining the confidentiality of your patients is a problem that you have to struggle with every single day. People with sexual health issues prefer not to divulge their identities. Why is it that you need to maintain the anonymity of your patients?
- PATIENTS ARE ENTITLED TO THEIR PRIVACY
The Hippocratic Oath binds all doctors with a pledge of respecting patient’s privacy. The professional ethics demand that your patients’ privacy be kept intact.
- PATIENTS’ WISH
If a patient explicitly asks you to keep his identity and records secret, as a sexologist you have to respect his desire. Patient’s records can only be shared with authorized personnel like lab workers and must be kept in safe places and within password guarded computers.
- TO SAFEGUARD THEIR INTERESTS
Jealous partners and people trying to bring your patient down will have a lot of interest in your patient’s personal data. Keeping it under lock will help protect your patient’s best interests.
- TO WIN PATIENTS’ TRUST
Patients seldom tend to trust the doctors who have a casual attitude about their privacy. Getting on the wrong footing with your patient will make him loose his trust in you and will prove to be a big hindrance to his treatment and will leave a rather bad image for your practice if you lose patients.
- RESPECTING THE SOCIAL NORMS
People are generally not comfortable talking about the sexual health of a person in public and it should be avoided at all costs, especially when it comes to one of your patients.
HOW TO HANDLE THE SITUATION MORE DISCRETELY
You are not just a sexologist; you are a sexologist living in the 21st century where technology has presented a solution for almost every problem. You can employ technological help to keep in contact with your patients within their without compromising their confidentiality by using myriads of mobile apps.
If a patient is not comfortable being seen in a sexual health clinic, he can use your personalized mobile app for remote contact. In this way, patients can consult you within the privacy of their homes and their identity can be concealed. Patients can ask you for advice any time that they want. This way, you won’t have to worry about losing patients as well.