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Popular resources about Confidentiality

  • Confidentiality: your obligations

    As a dental professional you have a professional, legal and contractual responsibility to protect your patients' confidentiality.

  • Disclosing records to third parties

    There are many third parties who may request confidential patient information from dental professionals or with whom you may wish to share such information.

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Latest updates and advice

  • DDU journal spring 2018

    The dental health of people with dementia can become secondary to other considerations. But the dental team can make a vital contribution to patients' quality of life.

  • Disclosing information to the coroner

    Following recent events, the DDU has received a number of calls from members who have been asked to cooperate with the police by providing clinical records used to identify the deceased.

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