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Patient Privacy, Clinical Photographs, and Publication

Natarajan Balaji, FRCS, ORL-HNS1
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1Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, Scotland, United Kingdom
JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2014;16(1):66. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.2412.
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To the Editor I read with interest your editorial on “Patient Privacy, Photographs, and Publication” in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.1 It is highly commendable that you have touched on this topic, which the trainees are not familiar with, particularly the legalities of publishing a patient’s photograph. To add to all the issues which you have mentioned, we in Scotland work for the National Health Service, and most of our patients (in my practice, >95%) come from the National Health Service and not the private sector. In the National Health Service, the question arises, who “owns” the patients? I am in the process of writing a book on surgical techniques in nasal tip reconstruction, and I face 2 sets of issues apart from what you mentioned in your editorial.


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