Let us prey…
In today's world of easy access to information, it is becoming more common for doctors to be the stalker's target. Ronan McIvor gives some advice to help minimise your risk of being stalked by patients and also what to do if you are being stalked
Have you ever wondered on how many lists and databases your name and personal details are stored? Some are obvious, such as professional and financial organisations, others less so. Personal information is relatively easy to come across. I was surprised to see how many psychiatrists, including forensic psychiatrists, provided details of home address and telephone number in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Membership List, last published in 2000 (which is accessible to members of the public in libraries and public buildings).
The internet has made the process of locating personal information even easier. For example, your address and an aerial photograph of your house can be obtained within a few minutes, complemented by the names of your neighbours, from www.192.com and other websites.
For most people, this intrusion is somewhat irritating but of no great concern. For medical practitioners and other healthcare professionals, the risks may be higher, particularly if