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When should a treating doctor seek a consultation?

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Dr KK Aggarwal and Ms Ira Gupta    18 March 2018

Unnecessary consultations should be avoided as per Regulation 3.1. However, in case of serious illness and in doubtful or difficult conditions, the physician should request consultation, but under any circumstances such consultation should be justifiable and in the interest of the patient only and not for any other consideration (Regulation 3.1.1).

Consulting pathologists/radiologists or asking for any other diagnostic lab investigation should be done judiciously and not in a routine manner (Regulation 3.1.2).

In every consultation, the benefit to the patient is of foremost importance. All physicians engaged in the case should be frank with the patient and his attendants (Regulation 3.2).

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