Patients increasingly recording doctors' visits
Doctors are increasingly becoming the stars of hidden camera videos taken by their patients.
Sally Bean, an ethicist & policy advisor at Sunnybrook Hospital says patients are hitting record to capture evidence of everything from a noisy office to their concerns being dismissed.
The trend has prompted Sunnybrook to redraw its policy on video & audio recording. While still in the draft phase, the big piece is that patients can't record their doctors without their express consent.
Bean says when health care providers find out they've been taped without knowing, they feel hurt & that trust with their patient has been broken. She says trust is the bigger issue & hiding a camera on your doctor is really a sign of an impaired trust relationship.
Newstalk 1010 medical correspondent Dr Mitch Shulman can't really see the value in hitting record in your doctor's office or the ER.
Shulman says recordings can easily be taken out of context to make their content seem worse than it actually is or it can be altered.
He doesn't buy logic that without video or audio evidence in a malpractice suit, the patient loses. Shulman says if a patient loses it's because they "didn't have a leg to stand on".