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A gatekeeper’s advice on sharing knowledge

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  • Judith Wahl says:

    I would add to the need and desire for accurate health information is the need that this information also be legally accurate. I have seen many articles that include info about patients and sdm rights that do not reflect correct law. The most legal errors I see are in articles related to advance care planning and how health practitioners should apply or not apply any of the patients wishes that were expressed well before the patient actually became ill with the health problem they ate now experiencing. In practice I have seen patients not offered some care options because a previous wish was recorded in their records. If health practitioners and researchers write materials in which there is a crossover of medical information and legal information they need to be accurate about both.

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Nikita Singh

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Nikita was the former Audience Engagement Editor at Healthy Debate. She studied population health at the University of Toronto and is a student in the Master of Public Health program at the Public Health, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University.