The Paradox of Physician Privacy

dc.contributor.advisorSage, William M.en
dc.contributor.advisorWarner, David C.en
dc.creatorJennings, Paige Megginsonen
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-21T17:53:13Zen
dc.date.available2012-08-21T17:53:13Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.date.submittedMay 2012en
dc.date.updated2012-08-21T17:53:19Zen
dc.descriptiontexten
dc.description.abstractThis Report examines the “paradox” of physician privacy: while physician privacy has been explicitly or implicitly invoked over the last century to defend physicians against greater transparency, proposals that might cause them economic harm, or interference by government or corporate entities, there has been little comprehensive work done to examine the substance and source of any privacy rights physicians may actually enjoy. This Report attempts to make three primary contributions with respect to physician privacy. First, the Report examines the current state of physician privacy and the legal framework that governs it. Second, the Report argues that physician “privacy” is not, and should not be considered, a unitary concept encompassing a singular meaning. Rather it is a broad umbrella term that encompasses not only a variety of legal protections for privacy, but guards against a variety of very different perceived harms. As a result, this Report argues that in evaluating policy initiatives, discussions about “privacy” implications can be counterproductive because the term obscures the real values, concerns, and policy judgments at play. To address this, the Report’s third aim is the proposal of an analytical framework that policymakers and others may use to consider the impact of various initiatives on the values and concerns that physician “privacy” actually protects: professional autonomy; economic considerations; personal dignity; and practical difficulties.en
dc.description.departmentLawen
dc.description.departmentPublic Affairsen
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.slug2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5608en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/ETD-UT-2012-05-5608en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.subjectPhysiciansen
dc.subjectPrivacyen
dc.subjectPhysician privacyen
dc.subjectPhysician autonomyen
dc.subjectPhysician authorityen
dc.subjectTransparencyen
dc.subjectHealthen
dc.subjectHealth careen
dc.titleThe Paradox of Physician Privacyen
dc.type.genrethesisen
thesis.degree.departmentLawen
thesis.degree.departmentPublic Affairsen
thesis.degree.disciplineLaw - Jurisprudenceen
thesis.degree.disciplinePublic Affairsen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Texas at Austinen
thesis.degree.levelMastersen
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Jurisprudenceen
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Public Affairsen

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