Does identifying a discharge as "against medical advice" confer legal protection?

@article{Devitt2000DoesIA,
  title={Does identifying a discharge as "against medical advice" confer legal protection?},
  author={Patrick J Devitt and Ann Devitt and M. N. A. Dewan},
  journal={The Journal of family practice},
  year={2000},
  volume={49 3},
  pages={
          224-7
        }
}
BACKGROUND One in every 65 to 120 discharges from general hospitals are against medical advice and have an expected increased risk of adverse consequences and subsequent litigation. Does the term "against medical advice" confer legal protection? METHODS We searched the MEDLINE and PsychInfo databases for relevant articles. We also searched the national medico-legal databases of LEXIS-NEXIS. Additional case law was obtained through a search for "against medical advice" in the West Premise CD… CONTINUE READING

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