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Article: Volume 42 Number 4 Page 324 - May 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 324-325

Patient-Centred Care:  The Francis Report – Dento-Legal Implications

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Abstract: This article explores the potential implications of the Francis Report for members of the dental team from a dento-legal perspective. It looks at the broad recommendations in light of the existing ethical environment in which dental registrants work and asks what is new and what the recommendations will actually mean for dental professionals in practical terms.

Clinical relevance: The fundamental recommendations of the Francis Report, namely, that those who provide care should put patients’ interests first and be open about outcomes and performance, are not new concepts. A breach of these ethically based expectations may, however, create grounds for legal proceedings, which is clearly a significant point for all members of the dental team. It is therefore important to be aware of what is expected of those providing clinical care.

Author notes: Martin Foster, BDS, MPH, DipHSM, Dento-Legal Adviser, Dental Protection, 39 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2HN, UK.

Objective: To recognize how the Francis Report recommendations relate to clinical dentistry in a practical sense.