Legal Aspects of General Dental Practice

1st Edition

Authors: Len D'Cruz
Print ISBN: 9780443100383
eBook ISBN: 9780702045684
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 5th January 2006
Page Count: 124


This title is directed primarily towards health care professionals outside of the United States. It offers a practical guide to the fundamental legal principles and concepts that need to be understood by all dentists.

Key Features

  • Gives a detailed understanding of key areas such as consent and negligence
  • Highlights the clinical risk areas in general dental practice and ways of managing these risks
  • Helps the dentist address the prime concern that treatments should be defensible and justifiable
  • Takes account of variations in law within British Isles and Ireland - eg Scottish law.

Table of Contents

Legal structures and processes that impact in general dental practice. Off the record. Consent - getting to yes. confidentiality. clinical negligence. Writing reports. Appendix 1 General Dental council performance procedures. Appendix 2 Table: record audit completeness. Appendix 3 Audits of radiographic image quality. Appendix 4 Quick reference: access to health records checklist. Appendix 5 GDC guidance on principles of confidentiality. appendix 6 General Dental Council guidance on obtaining consent. appendix 7 Examination of patient - for use in report writing. Appendix 8 Declaration by expert at end of report. Appendix 9 Civil procedure Rules. Appendix 10 CPR practice directions for experts and assessors. Appendix 11 Irish law. Appendix 12 Scottish issues on consent.


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About the Author

Len D'Cruz

Affiliations and Expertise

General Dental Practitioner and Dento-Legal Adviser, London, UK