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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Refusing treatment
Dr P, a general practitioner had been treating a 63 year old man for a range of bowel symptoms. Colon cancer was detected and the usual range of treatments were proposed.
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Pressure of culture
Dr C, a general practitioner of Greek heritage was relatively new to Australia and had an inner city practice which was comprised almost totally of elderly Greek patients with limited English and comp ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Corridor conversations
Two students were doing their clinical placement in the same hospital and often conferred with each other regarding patients they had seen and cases in which they were involved. One day when they met ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Side effects of medication
Dr X who was trained outside of Australia was placed in a rural practice. Despite having fifteen years’ experience in his native country, this was a real culture shock and he found it difficult to adj ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Limit risks
Nearing the end of a very long shift in the emergency department (ED), Doctor D was extremely tired and in need of a break. He was treating a patient for a severe laceration to his thumb. The patien ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Root fragment
Dr T’s patient attended the surgery in a lot of pain. Radiology revealed a vertically impacted 38. Dr T recommended that the patient get an Orthopantomogram (OPG) and consult a specialist as extra ...
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Case study 16 Oct 2013   Informed financial consent
Dr K’s patient was a self employed tradesman who had a consultation in relation to a hernia repair. The private insurance arrangement for this patient only extended to cover a four day hospital stay ...
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Case study 3 Feb 2014   Drugs and poisons investigation
This case study concerns a general practitioner who was contacted by the State Drugs and Poisons Unit of the Department of Health. The issue related to the treatment of a now deceased 40-year old ...
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