Discharge against Medical Advice: Ethical and Legal Considerations


  • Dr. Clement Osime




Introduction: It appears most healthcare workers do not have a proper understanding of the meaning of discharge against medical advice.

Aim of study: To discuss the ethical and legal implications of discharge against medical advice.

Method of study: Key words, Discharge against medical advice, ethical and legal consequences were search through various databases and search engine to identify scholarly articles and documents on the subject matter. The identified documents were reviewed for suitability for this review. The selected articles and documents were then extensively reviewed.

Results: The meaning of the concept of discharge against medical advice and the ethical and legal challenges associated with the concept has been extensively reviewed in this work.

Conclusion: There is a need to have a proper understanding of the entire concept of discharge against medical advice in order to avoid possible litigations. following albendazole treatment. However, the efficacy of albendazole was poor against Trichuris trichiura infection.

Author Biography

Dr. Clement Osime

Department Of Surgery,

University Of Benin Teaching Hospital,

PMB 1111,

Benin City, Nigeria.

Mobile: 07031677858.


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Osime, C. Discharge against Medical Advice: Ethical and Legal Considerations. AJTMBR [Internet]. 2012 Sep. 1 [cited 2023 Dec. 8];1(4):67-79. Available from: https://ajtmbr.org.ng/index.php/home/article/view/30