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Guide

Retaining and destroying patient records

Complaints and claims for clinical negligence can arise many years after treatment and, in the absence of records, it may be difficult or impossible to defend an allegation successfully.

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Case study

Non-clinically justified radiograph

A DDU adviser was able to guide a member through a query about a request for a non-clinically justified radiograph that had been made by a patient in relation to a claim being pursued against another dentist.

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Case study

Retained root fragment following extraction

A DDU member's clinical notes were a vital part of a successful defence of a claim brought against them by a patient who was left with a root fragment in their distal socket following a root canal and extraction.

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Journal

DDU journal summer 2019

With so much at stake for everyone involved, it's important for dental professionals to understand their individual responsibilities in the wake of an adverse incident.

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Journal

Request for a non-clinically justified radiograph

The DDU advised a member on a whether to comply with a patient's request for a radiograph.

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Guide

How to write a professional witness dental report

A dento-legal report is more complex than a clinical report. Writing it correctly may minimise any requests to you for clarification.

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Journal

Good record keeping

They are the basis for effective patient care and have an important dento-legal purpose - but what makes good dental records, and what else do dental professionals need to consider?

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Journal

DDU journal spring 2019

They are the basis for effective patient care and have an important dento-legal purpose - but what makes good dental records?

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Journal

Dentists as data controllers

Dental professionals often have access to patients' personal data, which means they also have responsibilities to protect that information and handle it responsibly.

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