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Ethics?

Postby Shet » Fri Dec 09, 2016 4:35 am

Hi

I am writing a story where a doctor sees sometone laying on the sidewalk moving his arms up. The doctor goes over and sees that person is in confused state and notices cocaine powder on his clothes. Doctor treats person in his clinic and suggests that person enter drug rehab clinic. Person agrees.

Is this scenario okay?

ANSWER: Certainly. Good luck with the story.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

I wondered if, under the law, he doctor had to write up that this person uses cocaine.(The person in the story though, is confused, can't recall who they are due to the drug)
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Ethics?

Postby Thaw » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:01 am

Hi

I am writing a story where a doctor sees sometone laying on the sidewalk moving his arms up. The doctor goes over and sees that person is in confused state and notices cocaine powder on his clothes. Doctor treats person in his clinic and suggests that person enter drug rehab clinic. Person agrees.

Is this scenario okay?

ANSWER: Certainly. Good luck with the story.

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

I wondered if, under the law, he doctor had to write up that this person uses cocaine.(The person in the story though, is confused, can't recall who they are due to the drug)
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Ethics?

Postby Kirwin » Sun Dec 11, 2016 3:26 pm

Demetrius,

There is no law in the US that mandates what a physician writes.  If the physician treats a patient and establishes a physician/patient relationship, the notes have to be able to be utilized to have continuity of care.  In other words, the physician has to know what the patient was being treated for or to indicate to another subsequent physician what the patient was treated for.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.
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