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2018 Annual Session Conference

Legal and Ethical Issues Regarding Dismissing Patients and Obtaining Informed Consent

May 6, 2018 12:20pm ‐ May 6, 2018 1:20pm


This course will provide the attendees with awareness of the ethical and legal issues that arise when dismissing patients from one's practice and when obtaining their informed consent for treatment. These areas are two of the most common situations that expose a practice to legal and ethical redress. The attendee will acquire an in-depth understanding of the importance of inter-patient communications in managing the risks associated with these two aspects of practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the ethical and legal issues that confront the orthodontic team with regard to terminating treatment and dismissing a patient from one's practice.
  • Integrate risk management protocols to alleviate or minimize ethical or legal exposure regarding these two aspects of practice.
  • Become proficient in methods of documenting that specific risk management protocols were in place and were utilized appropriately.


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