AJGP Clinical Challenge January-February 2019: Medico-legal
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To discuss medico-legal issues in general practice in Australia.Relevance to General Practice
The introduction of mandatory reporting requirements revealed that the health sector experiences the highest number of data breaches of all sectors. As general practices have access to sensitive patient information, it is important for GPs to be aware of privacy obligations to protect the rights of their patients and to minimise the risk of privacy breaches. As social media becomes more widespread, it provides a new platform on which GPs can network with colleagues and share information. However, there are a number of steps that should be taken prior to disclosing patient information online. Actual or potential medico-legal complaints can have significant impacts on GPs, ranging from psychological distress to increases in overprescribing, over-investigating and avoiding certain issues or procedures. Past cases demonstrate that adherence to accepted guidelines will be taken into account if a medico-legal complaint does arise.
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D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Complaints and concerns are managed effectively
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
D4. Professional and ethical role
Adherence to relevant codes and standards of ethical and professional behaviour
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation
- Adult health