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89% of dentists afraid of a lawsuit from their patients

12th November 2018

New figures from Dental Protection have revealed that around 89% of dentists surveyed think there is a real chance their patients will try to sue them, and 74% of them believe the way they practice dentistry is being impacted by this real fear. This has resulted in 77% of dentists surveyed saying the dread of potential litigation is causing them stress or anxiety, and 64% of dentists are making more referrals for this reason. The key areas for claims seem to be caries diagnosis, periodontal disease and endodontic treatments.
Raj Rattan, dental director at Dental Protection, said: “Dentists work in an increasingly challenging environment. It is worrying that three out of four full-time general dental practitioners fear patients suing them. Understandably this will undoubtedly impact on the way they practice and add to already high stress levels. Without proper consent and comprehensive, well-organised records, a dentist is disadvantaged in defending any allegations. Inadequate clinical records will make the case less defensible and often compromise the final outcome. We always encourage dentists to explain the costs, risks and benefits of all the treatment options. Ensure the patient has a clear understanding of the planned procedure to meet patient expectations. Where a patient expresses dissatisfaction about any aspect of their care, dentists should take this as an opportunity to resolve the issue promptly.”

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