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Patients' privacy

THE BALTIMORE EVENING SUN

Nearly 83 percent of callers to SUNDIAL think hospitals should not release information on patients' identities or injuries and think the public does not have a right to such information.

Of 294 callers, 244 said hospitals should withhold the information from news reporters, and 50 callers (17 percent) said they should not. Fifty of 293 callers (17 percent) said the public has a right to know the information, and 243 callers disagreed.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

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