Who allowed the speaker to use my patient’s photo?
Clinical photography is used in publications, teaching, lecture illustration and research. Nowadays virtually every medical doctor and medical student possesses a camera phone. The patient or the parent is often not asked for consent, or even aware that pictures have been taken with these devices. Medical colleagues may obtain photos we have taken, and use them without our consent. These new developments in digital media technology require a re-think of many ethical positions and legal implications.
P Snyman, Department of Paediatrics, University of Pretoria
Date submitted: 2012-04-25
Date published: 2012-11-12
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