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Medico-legal aspects 

Medico-legal aspects
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Medico-legal aspects
Author(s):

Helen E. Turner

, Richard Eastell

, and Ashley Grossman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199672837.003.0021
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date: 23 April 2021

This chapter focuses on the clinician’s role in briefing the patient on medical practice. It discusses risk explanations of drugs and investigations; consent; confidentiality; and required documentation. It also discusses the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (commonly abbreviated as DVLA) and its role in assuring that patients with hypoglycaemia and visual disorders are fit to drive. It is important to remember that a mistake is not necessarily a negligent mistake and you cannot be held responsible for every adverse outcome. One of the key ways to avoid disputes is to ensure that you communicate well with your patient and that your explanation of risk is as clear and precise as possible.

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