Medico legal issues play an important role in medical practice. Recognizing this, both medical and legal organizations need to call for the study of legal medicine during medical school and residency.Hence there is need to develop programs and curriculum to teach the basic principles of legal medicine to medical students and resident doctors

Basic Medico legal Skills for practicing doctors

  • The ability to identify the moral and legal aspects of medical practice
  • The ability to obtain a valid informed consent or a valid refusal of treatment
  • The knowledge of how to proceed if a patient is only partially competent or incompetent to consent to or refuse treatment
  • The knowledge of how to proceed if a patient refuses treatment
  • The ability to decide when it is morally and legally justified to withhold information from a patient
  • The ability to decide when it is morally justified to breach confidentiality
  • The knowledge of the moral and legal aspects of care of patients with a poor prognosis, including patients who are terminally ill.
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