Audio/visual recording of doctors in hospitals: Guideline from the Association of Anaesthetists

Anaesthesia. 2020 Aug;75(8):1082-1085. doi: 10.1111/anae.15010. Epub 2020 Mar 2.


Guidelines are presented that summarise the legal position regarding the audio/visual recording of doctors and others in hospitals. In general, there are few, if any, legal grounds for refusing a request by patients to record procedures and/or discussions with clinicians, although some staff may feel uncomfortable being recorded. Trusts and others are advised to draw up local policies and ensure staff and patients are adequately informed.

Keywords: consent; medico-legal; recording.

Publication types

  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesiologists*
  • Computer Security
  • Confidentiality
  • Hospitals*
  • Humans
  • Organizational Policy
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Physicians*
  • Privacy
  • Video Recording / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Video Recording / standards*