Activity ID



November 14, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company (LAMMICO)


How is the legal relationship between health care practitioners and patients defined? The relationship is primarily based in contract law and highly dependent on an analysis of specific facts and state law. In some cases, the law may define a relationship as one in which a physician may owe a duty in ways that will likely be surprising to the physician. In other cases, the law may indicate that no duty is owed to persons that may seem, on the surface, to be patients. State law contains certain specific characteristics and categories of duty. Through the use of many fact pattern examples, the reader will learn what characteristics must be present in the facts for the relationship to be legally formed.

Diplomate Engagement

Pre and posttest evaluation at the end of the course. Post activity survey 3 months asking for what practice changes were made.

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Educational Objectives

To state the principles underpinning the definition of the Physician-Patient relationship.
To identify when legal duties are owed to a patient in the context of a Physician-Patient relationship, and when legal duties are imposed or excluded for public policy purposes.
To recognize fact patterns that may create a legal Physician-Patient relationship.
To state that the legal Physician-Patient relationship is defined by state law.


Legal Patient Relationship, MD-PT Relationship, Legal Agency, Contract Laws, Contracts, Medical Advice, Patient Care, Duty, Duty to the Patient, Third party liability


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Practice-based Learning & Improvement, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Outpatient, Physician Executives, Physician Scientists, Rural, Urban

National Quality Strategies and/or Quadruple Aim Care Processes

Cognition, Human Learning & Problem Solving, Physician-Patient Relationship, Community Health

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