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Can a patient be a ‘friend’?

Not best advised according to new BMA guidance for doctors using online social media

  • 26 July 2011
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Emailing confidential patient data

Take extra care when emailing confidential patient data to ensure the information is effectively protected. Use the minimum amount of detail necessary and encrypt data where practical.

  • 28 June 2011
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Tweet with care

Think carefully before making comments on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

  • 27 May 2011
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A dangerous misunderstanding

WHY do some patients fail to follow medical advice? The answer could be a simple communication failure.

  • 15 April 2011
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Bribery by any other name

The cherished - by some - freebie may soon pose more than just an ethical dilemma

  • 28 March 2011
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Take care with patient falls

Take care with patient falls both in the immediate response and follow-up and ensure proper emergency protocols are in place.

  • 24 February 2011
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Being rude to colleagues threatens patient safety

Rudeness and a lack of mutual respect among clinical teams can compromise patient safety and add to the risk of complaints and potential litigation.

  • 27 January 2011
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Common sense approach to home visits in poor weather

A number of GPs have been calling MDDUS for advice about their obligations to visit patients in the current adverse weather conditions. Doctors must make every reasonable effort to undertake home visits to ill patients but should avoid creating further problems by becoming snowbound or having an accident while travelling.

  • 22 December 2010
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Caution urged over patient gifts

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and your patients might take the opportunity to offer a gift - but could accepting it compromise your professional judgement?

  • 26 November 2010
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Student work placements

BUDDING doctors and dentists rely on work experience to get a foot on the career ladder - but these placements are not risk-free.

  • 29 October 2010
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