The use of cell phones by patients and families for the purpose of recording conversations with their healthcare providers is a topic of serious concern to many physicians.
Both case studies in the Summer 2015 edition of Case Review involve the “loss of chance” legal doctrine.
The personal use of cell phones poses a significant risk in healthcare settings as it may distract physicians and staff from the tasks at hand.
Lack of health literacy can make effective communication with patients a challenge. At stake may be inability to comply with treatment regimens, give informed consent and use medication properly.