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Aust Fam Physician. 2014 Nov;43(11):777-9.

How to write a medico-legal report.

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MBBS, MFM(clin), FRACGP, is Manager, Medico-Legal and Advisory Services, MDA National.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The preparation and provision of medico-legal reports by the treating doctor is an inevitable but sometimes unwelcome part of general practice.

OBJECTIVE:

This article outlines the steps involved in preparing a 'good' medico-legal report, including some of the common pitfalls to avoid.

DISCUSSION:

General practitioners play an important role in providing medico-legal reports about their patients for a wide variety of purposes. A medico-legal report may be seen by a diverse, non-medical audience. Once prepared, the report may be used as evidence in court proceedings and subjected to close scrutiny. A structured and comprehensive medico-legal report may minimise the chances of having to give evidence in court.

PMID:
25393463
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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