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Title: Public expectations of health professionals when patients telephone for medical advice
Contributor(s): Smith, S (author); Werren, Julia Catherine (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: This article focuses on the ethical, social and liability implications of patients obtaining unsolicited medical advice over the phone. The ethical discussion centres on the demise of paternalism and the increase in patient autonomy and individualism and the growing public expectations of health professionals. The article then discusses the advantages and disadvantages of telephone consultations from a social and policy perspective. In light of these considerations it considers what the liability implications are for phone consultations. It argues that the ethic of individualism, coupled with recent Australian tort reforms, suggests that only in limited circumstances would a doctor be found liable for negligence in relation to telephone consultations. However, the increasing expectations being placed on medical personnel, as evidenced by the increase in unsolicited telephone consultations, if left untempered, may lead to a situation with which the health care system is ill equipped to deal.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Law and Medicine, 16(1), p. 57-73
Publisher: Thomson Lawbook Co
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1320-159X
Field of Research (FOR): 180126 Tort Law
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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