Diagnostic tests and litigation
- Michael McCullough
- Aust Prescr 2012;35:107
- 1 August 2012
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2012.054
Of concern is our professional responsibility when referring patients for further specialist investigation and care, particularly for the management of a potentially malignant oral lesion. On the one hand, there can be a failure in thoroughly examining patients and not recognising abnormalities. However, this can be greatly compounded if there is a lack of communication, emphasising the importance of the recommended referral and following up to ensure the patients proceed with our recommendations. Simple procedures for referral, communication with the specialist practice and documenting communication should not delay diagnosis which could adversely affect the outcome for the patient.
Chair, Therapeutics Committee, Australian Dental Association