Finding information that discusses dietitians and malpractice is difficult, as it is rarely mentioned and there is little written information available. Most dietitians do not know what malpractice is or what to do if they become involved in a lawsuit. Lack of understanding of the law and professional responsibilities could lead to poor decision making and possible malpractice charges. As dietitians enjoy increasing independence and broader responsibilities, the number of lawsuits against them could increase. An understanding of basic definitions and legal elements in establishing negligence, the various phases of the trial process, specific causes for negligence and tips for preparing for a trial is crucial for dietitians.
The goal of this dietitian and malpractice continuing education program is to provide dietitians with an introduction to the medical malpractice system and an understanding of why dietitians may be sued. At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:
- Define and discuss malpractice, liability, negligence and tort
- Name and explain the four elements that must be proved under the Law of Torts, three kinds of damages likely in a malpractice case, and six major categories of negligence in medical malpractice
- List and discuss the steps of a malpractice complaint and lawsuit
- List six guidelines for being in control of your testimony during a deposition
- Identify four things expert witnesses cannot do
- Define the concept of “recognized standards of care” and identify resources that guide dietetics practice
OnCourse Learning is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider (#GD001) with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). This course is a Level 1 course.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).
This program has been approved for fulfilling the continuing education requirements of the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM). Granting prior approval does not constitute endorsement of the program content or its program sponsor.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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