This feature article emphasizes the critical role of obtaining a complete and honest medical history in dental practice. Reflecting on the evolution of clinicians' diligence since dental school, the article underscores the potential risks associated with inadequate medical histories. The legal and ethical responsibilities in gathering comprehensive patient information are highlighted, emphasizing the impact on patient well-being and the dentist's vulnerability to legal challenges. The complexities of patients' truthfulness, especially regarding sensitive topics, are discussed, urging clinicians to establish trust for accurate disclosures. The article concludes with practical recommendations, stressing the ongoing need for thorough medical history reviews and the implementation of standardized protocols for enhanced patient safety.
Gardiner, Mitchell DMD
"Protect Your Patients and Yourself: The Complete and Honest Medical History,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
4, Article 2.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss4/2
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