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Clinical confidentiality in family work in psychosisEdit

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  • Cordess, C., (2001) Confidentiality and Mental Health. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers


  • Allison, S., Fadden, G., Hart, D., Launer, M. & Siddle, J. (2004). Carers and confidentiality in mental health. Issues involved in information sharing. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists, Partners in Care Campaign [ website]
  • Furlong, M. & Leggatt, L. (1996). Reconciling the patient’s right to confidentiality and the family’s right to know. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 30, 614-622.
  • Petrila, J.P. & Sadoff, R.L. (1992). Confidentiality and the family as caregiver. Hospital and Community Psychiatry, 42(2), 136-139.
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. 2000.Involving families: Guidance for involving families and whanau ofmental health consumers/tangata whai ora in care, assessment and treatment processes. New Zealand: Ministry of Health. full text
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists. 2000. CR85: Good practice guidance on confidentiality. London: RCP.
  • SDO briefing paper (2006): Sharing mental health information with carers: pointers to good practice for service providers. London: SDO. pdf


  • Slade, M., Pinfold, V., Rapaport, J., Bellringer, S., Banerjee, S., Kuipers, E. & Huxley, P. (2007). Best practice when service users do not consent to sharing information with carers. British Journal of Psychiatry, 190, 148-155.
  • Szmukler, G. & Bloch, S. (1997). Family intervention in the care of people with psychosis: an ethical argument. British Journal of Psychiatry, 171, 401-405.
  • Zipple, A.M., Langle, S., Spaniol, L., Fisher, H. (1990). Client confidentiality and the family’s need to know: strategies for resolving the conflict. Community Mental Health Journal, 26(6), 533-545.

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