Archives of Medicine and Health Sciences

: 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 83--87

Medicolegal challenges in the COVID era

George C Vilanilam1, Praveen Kumar John2 
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Dr. George C Vilanilam
Additional Professor (Neurosurgery), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala

Unprecedented times created by the COVID-19 pandemic have challenged medicolegal limits to unimaginable levels. The traditional Hippocratic Oath, provision of medical care, informed consent, and research ethics have all been put to the immense test. Concepts on medical negligence, malpractice, and standards of care are all being redefined in this era, based on epidemiological concerns and priorities. Basic concepts in public health ethics, bioethics, human rights, and epidemiology need to be adapted and restructured to these times. Medical negligence laws would be viewed through the lens of the epidemic diseases act in COVID times. We examine the challenging scenarios wherein ethical, moral, and medicolegal rights have been stretched in these pandemic times. We also aim to examine the vulnerable clinical and research scenarios during pandemic times, with an intent to offer the most ethically, morally, and legally appropriate solutions.

How to cite this article:
Vilanilam GC, John PK. Medicolegal challenges in the COVID era.Arch Med Health Sci 2020;8:83-87

How to cite this URL:
Vilanilam GC, John PK. Medicolegal challenges in the COVID era. Arch Med Health Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Dec 1 ];8:83-87
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