Duties and responsibilities

Expectations of physicians in practice
Physicians can take reasonable steps to maintain the best interests of the patient in the midst of family disputes concerning the care of children or of elder patients.
The management of elder abuse cases is an increasingly important aspect of physicians’ practices, though determining the appropriateness of actions to address suspected abuse can be challenging.
How physicians can take steps to minimize medical-legal risk when using mobile health applications (mHealth) in their practice.
By practising in a collegial manner, physicians may enhance the health outcomes of their patients and themselves.
The practice of marking transcribed reports or entries “dictated but not read” gives rise to medical-legal risks and can create uncertainty for those relying on that information in providing patient care.
Physicians can work collaboratively with physician assistants, but should be aware of the potential risks inherent in this working relationship and how these can be managed.
Patient handovers can be a time of high risk. Patient safety experts recommend various strategies to improve the performance of this task.
A discussion of physicians’ obligations when certifying a patient’s death.
A review of the most recent 5 years of CMPA medical-legal cases involving cosmetic procedures identified a number of consent deficiency issues.
Physicians in non-surgical disciplines who perform invasive procedures may be exposed to medical-legal risks, though these can be effectively mitigated.
While workplace conflict is inevitable, there are steps physicians can take to de-escalate and resolve disputes before they impact patient care.
An overview of medical-legal problems resulting from physicians' decisions on whether to report patients with medical conditions that may make it dangerous to drive, or from physicians' decisions on whether to support the reinstatement of a licence to drive.
The CMPA recommends that member physicians and others working in healthcare adjust the default privacy options of Microsoft 10 to obtain greater control over their personal and patient information and address potential privacy concerns.
Hip or knee arthroplasty can greatly improve quality of life, yet it may also have significant risks.
Physicians providing emergency care as good Samaritans often have questions about their legal and ethical obligations and the liability protection available to them.
Disclosure is the right thing to do. Patients want an open and honest discussion. Physicians will want to, and are obligated to, communicate openly with patients — whatever the reasons for clinical outcomes. Attend first to the patient’s safety and clinical care needs Seek to improve the patient’s existing clinical condition. Make the immediate clinical environment safe (e.g....
Second edition © 2015 PDF Version Table of contents Introduction Obligations to communicate Roadmap to disclosure The initial disclosure The post-analysis disclosure Frequently asked questions For more information Glossary Checklist Trust     Respect     Empathy     ...
Increasingly medical education is focusing on physician competencies that address safe patient care and that enable more accurate assessment of performance.
Tips to assist physicians in communicating effectively with patients and their families when a patient’s prognosis is terminal.
Physicians owe patients a duty to keep their personal health information confidential, yet there are times when this conflicts with other statutory duties or with concerns for public safety.
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