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Case Study: Authorization

You are working in a physician's office. The doctor orders laboratory and other diagnostic tests on a patient with suspected Alzheimer's disease. The doctor then asks you to give the patient's name and contact information to the local Alzheimer's support group, without getting permission from the patient or the patient's legal guardian. Does the doctor need authorization from the patient or the patient's legal guardian to do this?

Please select the single best answer