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Legal implications governing medical negligence in India: creating awareness through six-dimensional framework of effective communication

Deepa Sethi (Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kozhikode, India)
Vikas Arya (Department of Marketing, Rajalakshmi School of Business, Chennai, India)

International Journal of Law and Management

ISSN: 1754-243X

Article publication date: 27 May 2020

Issue publication date: 6 August 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to determine the existing legal implications for medical negligence in India and recommending how open communication and empathy by the doctors can help prevent these implications.

Design/methodology/approach

This research is based on a qualitative method. Indian laws, Indian constitution, journal articles, books and other writings have been reviewed to develop this study.

Findings

There are many legal implications for medical negligence in India, and justice can be demanded under a number of Indian laws. This study also found that it is important to create awareness regarding the laws governing medical negligence through effective communication and empathy.

Originality/value

Extant literature discusses in detail the various laws related to medical negligence and few talk about creating awareness about these laws amongst people, and while some researchers understand the importance of sensitizing health professionals of the nitty-gritty of the legal implication governing medical negligence, none provides a framework of medical negligence with the help of sensitizing health professionals through communication. This study fills the gap by focusing on prevention than cure.

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Citation

Sethi, D. and Arya, V. (2020), "Legal implications governing medical negligence in India: creating awareness through six-dimensional framework of effective communication", International Journal of Law and Management, Vol. 62 No. 5, pp. 417-425. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLMA-06-2018-0123

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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