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Impatient: Is it OK to record your doctor with your cellphone?

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Think for a moment about the relationship between a doctor and a patient. The patient shares intimate information about her health. In return, she trusts that her doctor gives her the best advice possible, but these days, there's often a third party in the exam room: a cellphone.

A patient can use it to record what her doctor tells her, but should she?

Southern California Public Radio's health reporter Rebecca Plevin has been looking into the evolving ethics of patients using their phones to record their doctors' visits. She joins us each week for our consumer health segment called "Impatient."

To hear the entire conversation click on the audio link embedded at the top of this post, or if you'd like to read about what Rebecca has to say, check out her blog post.