Plain access to justice and the orthodontist’s activity in Brazil: vulnerability in the professional practice in the face of risks of malpractice lawsuits

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Edition V23N04 | Year 2018 | Editorial Special Article | Pages 88 to 93

Cleverson Raymundo Sbarzi Guedes , Isabel Cristina Gonçalves Leite , Marcio José Da Silva Campos , Sergio Luiz Mota Júnior , Matheus Melo Phiton , Robert Willer Farinazzo Vitral

Objective: the present study aimed at evaluating the risks and vulnerability of orthodontists to legal compensation actions and verifying the hypothesis of these health care professionals having little knowledge concerning their rights and obligations as service providers. Methods: Three groups were formed to participate in a semi-structured interview. The first group had thirteen law professionals, the second group was composed of eleven orthodontists and the third group was made up of nine randomly selected orthodontic patients. Results: Relevant aspects related to the exercise of the professional activity of orthodontists that influence on the vulnerability of orthodontists in lawsuits were identified. After transcription, reading, and comparing the answers of the interviews, items capable of influencing judicial decisions, from the standpoint of Brazilian Justice Courts, were evaluated. Conclusion: It was verified that Brazilian orthodontists do not have adequate formation concerning the legal consequences of the exercise of their professional activity. Orthodontists also failed to establish proper contractual relationship, organize orthodontic records, and, most importantly, failed in communicating the risks and the therapeutic processes to patients during all phases of treatment.

Civil responsibility, Validation study, Lawsuits, Compensation,

Guedes CRS, Leite ICG, Campos MJS, Mota Júnior SL, Phiton MM, Vitral RWF. Plain access to justice and the orthodontist’s activity in Brazil: vulnerability in the professional practice in the face of risks of malpractice lawsuits. Dental Press J Orthod. 2018 July-Aug;23(4):88-93. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/2177-6709.23.4.088-093.sar

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