Thursday, January 5, 2012

Physicians' Duty to Inform Patients of New Medical Discoveries: The Effect of Health Information Technology

Mark A. Rothstein, University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2011

From the abstract: "Physicians' duties to their patients traditionally have been construed narrowly in time and scope to focus on the specific episode of care or clinical encounter. Physicians generally have had no ethical or legal duty to notify patients about new medicalinformation discovered after a visit, notwithstanding the health care benefits to patients that might flow from receiving the information." Read more