Should I warn the patient first?

  title={Should I warn the patient first?},
  author={Clare Delany},
  journal={The Australian journal of physiotherapy},
  volume={42 3},
  • Clare Delany
  • Published 1996 in The Australian journal of physiotherapy
In 1992 the High Court of Australia decided that health professionals owed a duty of care to warn patients of the risks to the particular patient of the proposed treatment before commencing that treatment. The Court ruled that it is not enough for any health care practitioner to do what everyone else does and therefore not warn the patient first. It emphasised that the information the law requires to be provided will vary from patient to patient, according to the individual patient's… CONTINUE READING

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