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Physicain Laws on Informing Patients

Post: #1
07-07-2011, 09:33 PM
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Physicain Laws on Informing Patients

Does anyone know any health care laws that mandate physicians to inform patients of their death risk? My son had Epilepsy and was high risk of SUDEP (So I now found out) and was never told of even the word SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy). I need to know the laws...



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Post: #2
07-08-2011, 01:23 AM
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RE: Physicain Laws on Informing Patients

I am certainly not a lawyer to tell you whether such laws exist. I am sure any such laws would be different by country and by state or province. That said, doctors are supposed to educate patients and part of their moral responsibility is to inform patients of health risks. This link might be worth reading:

http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi...124/6/1689

To really get a good answer, you would probably have to consult a lawyer. I wish you well in your search.

Rachel



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Post: #3
12-06-2011, 04:18 AM
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RE: Physicain Laws on Informing Patients


I know that there are laws in place that require a doctor to inform a patient of the risks of any procedure before performing it; it is called informed consent. I have not heard of, or been able to find any laws requiring a doctor to inform a patient of the risk of death as associated with a medical condition. That is something that, I feel is a moral obligation if noy a legal one.
If I were you, I'd look into the laws in your state to see if there are any that would apply to your situation.



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