Terminating the physician-patient relationship

A. Torres, Richard Wagner, S. Proper

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BACKGROUND. This continues our series of articles addressing the many medicolegal aspects that impact the practice of dermatology. Because the physician-patient relationship is the cornerstone of every medical malpractice action, the proper termination of that relationship is very important. METHODS. A format of an initial discussion of legal concepts followed by hypotheticals and a review of actual cases was chosen to enhance interactive learning. The subject matter is based on a review of medico- legal literature and actual recorded case law. RESULTS. Once a physician- patient relationship has been established, improper termination of that relationship may constitute abandonment. CONCLUSION. Any termination of the physician-patient relationship must be reasonable in view of the patients' access to alternate medical care and medical problems and should be properly communicated to the patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-147
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology
Volume20
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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Physician-Patient Relations
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  • Oncology

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Terminating the physician-patient relationship. / Torres, A.; Wagner, Richard; Proper, S.

In: Journal of Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, Vol. 20, No. 2, 1994, p. 144-147.

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