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Does dispensing medical advice on a public forum make a doctor liable?

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Is giving mostly generic and slightly specific medical advice on public forums like discussion boards, twitter, etc make me liable for malpractice suits?

I don't believe a doctor-patient relationship would be formed if I see someone posting about what is bothering them and I decide to give some general advice about the problem without actually making a diagnosis or asking more specific questions?

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  1. Best answer

    Doesn't seem like that would even come close to a breach of a standard of care. No.


  2. Unlikely, as its typically information as opposed to advice.

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  3. I would not think so. It would likely be viewed as provided medical information.


  4. Without further information and based on what you've written, I would be truly surprised if a Court found that a valid doctor-patient relationship was established.

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