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Why Curbside Consults are Dangerous Print E-mail
Written by MD Whistleblower   
Monday, 13 November 2017 00:00

One of the skills and stresses about being a doctor is giving advice to or about patients we have never seen. If readers think these are rare events, it happens nearly every day.  Often during weekend or evening hours when I am on call, my partners' patients will call with questions on their condition or about their medications. Radiology departments contact me during off hours with abnormal CAT scan results of patients I do not know. Or, a doctor may call me during the day for some informal advice about one of his patients. These physician-to-physician inquiries are called 'curbside consults', which are appropriate for simple questions that do not require a formal face-to-face consultations.

Physicians must be cautious when providing a curbside opinion on a patient he has not seen as even informal advice could result in legal exposure if the patient later files a medical malpractice claim. Consider this hypothetical example...

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