MCQs in Endodontics

Chapter 11: Legal responsibilities


1 - Which of the following statements is true:

  1. Alteration of records is forbidden.
  2. Alteration of records is permitted if date.
  3. Additions to records are forbidden.
  4. Additions to records are permitted if date.








The answer is:  D


2 - Standard of care, as defined by courts:

  1. requires absolute perfection.
  2. describes what a reasonably careful and prudent clinician would do under similar circumstances.
  3. does not allow for individual variations of treatment.
  4. is equivalent to customary practice.






The answer is: B


3- The doctrine of informed consent does not :

  1. require that a patient be advised of reasonably foreseeable risks of treatment.
  2. require that the patient be advised of reasonable alternatives.
  3. require that the patient forfeit his right to do as he sees fit with his own body.
  4. require that the patient be advised of the consequences of nontreatment.






The answer is:  C


4- To make sure a dentist to whom one refers a patient is not considered to be an agent of the referring dentist, the referring dentist should:

  1. verbally inform the patient of that fact.
  2. inform the patient in writing.
  3. enter a disclaimer in the patient's record.
  4. inform the patient that the referral is a suggestion only.







The answer is:  D


5- A dentist may legally :

  1. refuse to treat a new patient despite severe pain and infection.
  2. be bound to sec former patients on recall after treatment is complete
  3. discharge a patient from his practice at any time.
  4. refuse to treat a patient who has an outstanding balance on his account. 






The answer is:  B


 6- If a patient who is HIV seropositive requests that the dentist not inform the staff of his condition, the dentist should:

  1. refuse to treat the patient.
  2. tell the staff in private, then treat the patient using extra precautions.
  3. not teil the staff, but treat the patient with great caution.
  4. not tell the staff and require the patient to sign a private guarantee that the patient will be liable if someone contracts the virus.






 The answer is:  A


7- If a patient swallows a file and the dentist had not placed a rubber dam, the dentist should:

  1. offer to pay for any medical expenses incurred as a result.
  2. not offer to pay for medical expenses, which is an admission of guilt.
  3. not mention who should pay medical expenses and try to infer that the patient is to blame (e.g., sudden movement, difficult case).
  4. apologize for the mishap, and suggest that the patient have medical evaluation only if a problem develops as a result.






The answer is:  A


8- An endodontist may be held liable who:

  1. informs the patient that her general practitioner is performing subslandard care (the general practitioner may hold the endodontist liable).
  2. fails to disclose to the patient and/or referring dentist evident pathosis other than the tooth they are treating.
  3. fails to locate a very small canal that is not evident radiographlcally.
  4. mistakenly initiates treatment on the wrong tooth in a difficult diagnosis situation.






 The answer is:  B


9- Of the following, the dentist's best approach to avoiding legal action by patients is to:

  1. tell all patients that he/she (the dentist) docs not carry malpractice insurance.
  2. attend Continuing Education courses frequently to remain informed of current techniques.
  3. refer all major patient complaints to peer review.
  4. demonstrate genuine interest in the welfare of each patient.






The answer is:  D