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Internet Disruptions in The Doctor-Patient Relationship.
Med Law Rev. 2020 May 17 [Online ahead of print]ML

Abstract

The ubiquitous access by patients to online information about health issues is disrupting the traditional doctor-patient relationship in fundamental ways. The knowledge imbalance has shifted and the last nails are being hammered into the coffin of medical paternalism. Ready access to Dr Google has many positive aspects but the risk of undiscerning acceptance by patients of unscientific, out-of-date or biased information for their decision-making remains. In turn this may feed into the content of the legal duty of care for doctors and contribute to a need for them to inquire sensitively into the sources of information that may be generating surprising or apparently illogical patient treatment choices. In addition, patients, those related to patients, and others have the potential to publish on the Internet incorrect and harmful information about doctors. A number of influential decisions by courts have now established the legitimacy of medical practitioners taking legal proceedings for defamation and injunctive relief to stop vituperative and vindictive online publications that are harming them personally, reputationally and commercially. Furthermore, disciplinary accountability has been imposed on doctors for intemperate, disrespectful online postings. All of these factors are contributing to a disruptive recalibration of the dynamics between doctors and their patients.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Barrister, Crockett Chambers, Melbourne, Australia; Judge, Supreme Court of the Republic of Nauru; Professorial Fellow, Law and Psychiatry, University of Melbourne; Adjunct Professor of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Australia; Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

32417891

Citation

Freckelton, Ian R.. "Internet Disruptions in the Doctor-Patient Relationship." Medical Law Review, 2020.
Freckelton IR. Internet Disruptions in The Doctor-Patient Relationship. Med Law Rev. 2020.
Freckelton, I. R. (2020). Internet Disruptions in The Doctor-Patient Relationship. Medical Law Review. https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwaa008
Freckelton IR. Internet Disruptions in the Doctor-Patient Relationship. Med Law Rev. 2020 May 17; PubMed PMID: 32417891.
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