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The Source: Would You Record Your Doctor?


With the availability of smart phones paired with the ease of recording, we have seen secret and embarrassing recordings of many come to light.

Public officials both nationally and locally have been put on the defensive over comments they thought were private, and the nation has reeled from phone video recordings of police brutality. It seems you can't go anywhere without the possibility of being recorded.

But what about at your doctors office or in the hospital? There are strict federal laws (HIPPA) prohibiting the disseminating health information that protect patients from this intrusion, but your doctor has no such protection.

While recording your doctor may help in carrying their medical advice, many litigation-averse hospitals and doctors are wary of the ability for people to surreptitiously record conversations. 

Will doctors become more guarded in care, prescribing more and unnecessary tests to avoid litigation?

In an article out now in the Journal of the American Medical Association explores the issue. Read it here.

Do you or would you record your doctor? Doctors, how would you feel if you found out a patient was secretly recording you?


  • Jason Morrow, medical doctor and medical ethicist at the University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Michelle Rodriguez, third-year medical student and law graduate at the University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Ali Seifi, assistant professor of neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive