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Practices in England face the clock on online consultations
THE new GP contract in England calls for all practices to offer online consultations to patients by April 2020 and video consultations by April 2021. But what about the risks?
Communicating with patients about the coronavirus
THE coronavirus outbreak has now been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organisation, and MDDUS has drawn up a risk alert to guide general practices in maximising communication with patients at key contact points.
Data concerns when texting patients
TEXT messaging patients has become almost routine in healthcare today but robust processes are still needed to monitor and control both message content and intent, as well as protect patient confidentiality.
Safe approach to handling racist abuse
ARE you expected to carry on treating a patient despite being racially abused or threatened? Can you refuse to treat such patients or have them transferred or removed from your list?
Opioid prescribing risks
OPIOID addiction has reached crisis proportions in the US – but UK prescribers also face increasing risk.
Brexit patient safety risks
BREXIT looms ever larger as the UK faces yet another crucial deadline – and MDDUS has received numerous calls requesting advice in regard to the potential for disrupted patient care and service provision in the event of a "no deal".
Employer rating sites
WEBSITES that encourage employees to review a former (or current) workplace may be useful for job seekers – but for healthcare professionals there are risks in posting on such sites.
Covert video recording
CAN patients video record consultations or staff undertaking a clinical procedure without permission?
Burnout is also a patient safety issue
THERE is well-established evidence of a causal relationship between reduced wellbeing of clinicians and patient safety risks within secondary care – and a recent study suggests the same is true in primary care.
Research trial pitfalls
POTENTIAL legal difficulties involving medical trials can range from participant complaints to more serious allegations of fraud. Ensure that you're research ready.