Doctors are frequently requested to provide information about their patients. These requests come from a variety of sources – eg, employers, government agencies and regulatory bodies.
Information may need to be provided in the form of a report, a certificate, a statement or a letter. Most requests for information present no problem but occasional difficulties may arise.
Such difficulties may include conflicts of interest, unreasonable expectations about the information the doctor may hold and problems about payment. Classifying the reports may help to clarify these issues.