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Record keeping - retention

As a nurse in independent practice, what should I do about client care records when I stop practising?

As the custodian of your clients' personal health information, you should develop policies on retention and disposal of records that are in keeping with legislation, such as the Personal Health Information Protection Act. This should include a policy for how records should be  managed when you stop practising or die.  See the Independent Practice guideline for more information.

Visit the website of the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario to find more information and resources on retaining and protecting personal health information.

Page last reviewed April 23, 2014