Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
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: 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 15--20

Preventing medico-legal issues in clinical practice


Bevinahalli N Raveesh1, Ragavendra B Nayak1, Shivakumar F Kumbar2 
1 Department of Psychiatry, Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharwad, Karnataka, India
2 Anesthesiologist and Medico Legal Consultant, Dharwad, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Bevinahalli N Raveesh
Director, Dharwad Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Dharwad - 580 008, Karnataka
India

The medical profession is considered to be one of the noblest professions in the world. The practice of medicine is capable of rendering noble service to humanity provided due care, sincerity, efficiency, and professional skill is observed by the doctors. However, today, the patient–doctor relationship has almost diminished its fiduciary character and has become more formal and structured. Doctors are no longer regarded as infallible and beyond questioning. Corporatization of health care has made it like any other business, and the medical profession is increasingly being guided by the profit motive rather than that of service. On the other hand, a well-publicized malpractice case can ruin the doctor's career and practice. The law, like medicine, is an inexact science. One cannot predict with certainty an outcome of cases many a time. It depends on the particular facts and circumstances of the case, and also the personal notions of the judge concerned who is hearing the case. The axiom “you learn from your mistakes” is too little honored in healthcare. The best way to handle medico-legal issues is by preventing them, and this article tries to enumerate the preventive measures in safeguarding the doctor against negligence suit.


How to cite this article:
Raveesh BN, Nayak RB, Kumbar SF. Preventing medico-legal issues in clinical practice.Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2016;19:15-20


How to cite this URL:
Raveesh BN, Nayak RB, Kumbar SF. Preventing medico-legal issues in clinical practice. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Jul 2 ];19:15-20
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