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.
Ineffective communication and transfer of patient information has been associated with medical errors, patient harm and patient dissatisfaction.
Before responding to a request to allow a high school or college student shadow you at an office or facility, consider the medical liability and patient safety risks.