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Guide

Asking patients about drinking and smoking habits

Asking patients if they drink or smoke often forms an important part of a consultation and treatment plan but may feel intrusive.

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Guide

Dangers of autonotes in electronic records

Using autonotes to record information in a patient's records can lead to an inaccurate account of the appointment.

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Guide

Information governance in dental practices

It's important to be up to date with best practice in data processing, information security and record retention.

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Guide

Retaining and destroying patient records

Complaints and claims for clinical negligence can arise years after treatment. Without records, it may be difficult or impossible to defend them successfully.

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Podcast and video

Practical tips for conducting a remote consultation

Alison Large addresses questions on remote consultations, including record keeping while working remotely and remote prescribing.

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Podcast and video

Dento-legal principles for working remotely

Alison Large looks at some of the dento-legal considerations associated with working remotely.

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Guide

Receiving and storing video footage from online consultations

Video conferencing and patient images can be helpful in remote consultations, but be aware of the dento-legal issues around receiving and storing them.

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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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