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Is knowledge of medicolegal issues concordant with heightened risk among doctors?
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PMID:  23029825     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Spurred by the wave of consumerism, patients do not hesitate to drag the doctor to the court. It has now become essential for doctors to educate themselves on the laws relevant to medical practice. This study addresses some of the issues. Doctors in private practice, belonging to different specialities, were given a self administered questionnaire which was then analysed by the percentage of responses to each question. Only 3% of the respondents faced medicolegal problems at the time of the study. All of them were fighting charges of negligence from their patients. Most (97%) did not keep records of patients seen in outpatient services, 63% used consent forms written in English only and 78% took blanket consent forms for procedures; 97% were not aware of any laws protecting them in their practice. This study highlights the gross ignorance of medicolegal issues among doctors and the need for compulsory certificate courses for them and changes in the curriculum for the postgraduates with respect to this important aspect of medical profession.
Nilofer Mujawar; Meenakshi Girish
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Indian Medical Association     Volume:  110     ISSN:  0019-5847     ISO Abbreviation:  J Indian Med Assoc     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7505608     Medline TA:  J Indian Med Assoc     Country:  India    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  19-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics, NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur 440019.
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