Addressing concerns.This is a response in regards to a concern that was raised by Fuzzbuck Fuzz in the comments section of my last post, I have an owie.
For those not in the know, in this post I have mentioned three cases that I have seen on my uni mental health placement in the last week, as examples of what I deal with and what I see at work.
Fuzzbuck was concerned about the implications of my discussing patients / clients on my blog.
I would like to thank Fuzzbuck for raising his concerns. He has a very valid point. For the record though, I would like to state my position on the situation just to clarify that I am not a totally immoral cow.
It would be seriously questionable if I posted details which might be used to identify the clients. But as I have only mentioned the cases without providing information that would identify the specific clients or the facility which they are in, according to standards, it is not an unacceptable practice amongst health professionals.
As for whether or not this practice is morally acceptable or not, I suppose that depends upon an individual's personal values and morals. I blog to keep track of things that have happened to me. Working with physically and mentally ill patients is a large part of my life and it is something that I like to share with my friends on the internet. I feel that it is acceptable to mention and discuss interesting cases that I come across as long as I do not:
a) identify the clients by providing specific information about them or the facility they are in,
b) I try to remain impartial when describing cases, and I try to refrain from passing judgement upon the client.
I try to live by the "Do unto others" Golden Rule, and I have thought about this long and hard. I would not be opposed to a health professional discussing my case in any open forum (on a blog, in a class, in a university paper, in a conversation, etc.) as long as I personally was not identifiable from the information given. I do not believe that my discussion comprimises my clients privacy.
I can't help but wonder if you would have voiced your concerns had I mentioned patients with purely physical illnesses.