April 2011


Legal medicine

How to prepare a report

Volume 40, No.4, April 2011 Pages 246-248

Roy G Beran

This article forms part of our ‘Paperwork’ series for 2011, providing information about a range of paperwork that general practitioners complete regularly. The aim of the series is to provide information on the purpose of the paperwork, and hints on how to complete it accurately. This will allow the GP to be more efficient and the patient to have an accurately completed piece of paperwork for the purpose required.

Legal medicine often requires the provision of a report by the general practitioner. This may be either as the treating doctor or as the expert witness providing peer evaluation of a colleague, or to assess professional standards and/or delivery of health services. This article reviews the process and obligations attached to the provision of such a report.

Legal medicine has evolved as a specialty area in medicine (rather than law) and relates to the application of medical expertise to the administration of the law.1

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Correspondence afp@racgp.org.au

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