Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Regulating Health Care
Lecture:Legal Aspects of Medicine
Slide content:Standards of Care 6.1 Figure: Diagram showing a few of the many sources that can contribute to a medical standard of care. (OHSU, 2010) 8
Slide notes:Legally speaking, a medical standard of care is the level of skill and professionalism that a reasonably prudent physician would provide. A prudent physician is one who is careful, sensible, and uses good judgment. Standards of care usually come from within the medical profession; however, they can also come from entities outside the profession, such as insurance companies. This illustration on this slide shows just a few of the many sources that can contribute to a medical standard of care. 8