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Journal Article

Compelled disclosure of confidential information in patient safety research.

Du L, Murdoch B, Chiu C, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(3):200-206.

Ensuring research participants’ confidentiality is of paramount importance to conducting patient safety research. This article explores how confidentiality is presented in informed consent templates, as compared to current case law in Canada and the United States. Researchers should continue to reassure participants that attempts to force disclosure of confidential research information are rarely successful, and describe the steps taken to protect their confidentiality.