At MDDUS we have handled many cases where clinicians have been asked to review a patient who is currently under the care of/or been assessed by a colleague. This may happen for a number of reasons; they may require a second opinion or they may be seeking reassurance that they are treating the patient in the best way. A non-prescriber may be asking for a prescriber to provide a prescription for their patient. However it is often the case that the reviewing clinician does not make an entry in the patient's medical notes to record what advice they have given. This can have implications if the patient then later raises a complaint and there is no note of the encounter, or information exchanged between clinicians.
Our question to you is...
In the last issue we asked whether you were able to identify the data protection officer for your organisation. The results were close, but worryingly most respondents didn't know their DPO: YES 45% - NO 55%
The following MDDUS resources provide a useful overview of this topic (member login required):
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