Informal or "curbside" consults can help physicians obtain quick answers to questions, expand their knowledge, or determine whether a formal consult or second opinion is needed. However, an informal consult is not without risk, and has the potential to result in litigation for both the physician seeking the consult – and the physician providing it.
Why is this important?
As a physician or clinician, it's probable that at some point, you will informally ask a colleague for their opinion on a case – or that a colleague will ask you for yours. This can be a risky practice. As such, it's essential to understand the risks associated with curbside consults as well as the strategies for mitigating those risks.
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