Should medical professionals use body cameras? 4 notes

Police officers often are required to use body cameras to combat discrimination, and many in the medical community are wondering if medical personnel should be required to do the same.

Steven Strauss, PhD, a visiting professor at Princeton (N.J.) University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International, argues why medical staff should wear body cameras in The Los Angeles Times.

Here are four notes:

1. Minorities often receive fewer treatments, diagnostic tests and lesser quality of care even when research adjusts for difference in facilities, insurance and illness' seriousness.

2. Some patients suffer unwanted groping and sexual abuse from medical staff.

3. Various experts argue body cameras on physicians and nurses may help prevent such instances and improve the quality of care for all patients.

4. American Bar Association published an article saying workplace privacy is a thing of the past, and employers have a right to monitor their employees, leading many to argue this same principle should be applied to the healthcare field.

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