Dr T Thirumoorthy

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Dec 2016 // read more
The Pathogenesis and Anatomy of Medical Disputes
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Introduction The practice of medicine is complex and filled with uncertainties, and so are medical disputes that arise in the process and outcomes of care between patients and their families and the healthcare professionals and hospitals. One factor that most lawyers and mediators frequently i...
Category: Health Law

Nov 2016 // read more
Core Communication Skills in the Medical Interview
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Introduction The medical interview is probably the most important and most frequently used clinical tool. An average physician in active clinical practice would be doing six to seven thousand medical interviews in a year. Good medical interview skills ensure that the doctor collects all the impo...
Category: Professionalism
Topic: Communication

Sep 2016 // read more
The Mental Capacity Act - Understanding the Legal Concepts in Providing Medical Care for Persons Lacking Capacity
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Introduction In 2015, it was estimated that one in ten persons over the age of 60 in Singapore suffers from dementia. Around 500,000 persons were hospitalised in Singapore in 2014, of which 35% (>170,000 persons) were over 65 years old. As such, doctors in clinical practice will be managing a...

Feb 2016 // read more
Why There is a National Need for Trained Medical Expert Witness
Dr T Thirumoorthy
The evidence in a medical expert report and the testimony offered by a medical expert witness is often a critical component in arriving at an equitable, timely and fair decision in any medical dispute. This is applicable in the courts of law, especially for medical negligence cases, medical discipli...
Category: Health Law
Topic: Medical Expert

Jan 2016 // read more
Clinical Incident Management - Professionalism in Risk Management
Dr Seow Wan Tew , Dr T Thirumoorthy
What are clinical incidents? A clinical incident is any unplanned event during the medical care of a patient, which causes, or has the potential to cause, unintended or unnecessary harm to a patient.1 The incident could be an adverse outcome where injury or harm is caused by medical management o...
Category: Professionalism

Mar 2017 // read more
Common Pitfalls in Clinician-Patient Communications
Dr T Thirumoorthy
Introduction Effective communication skills in medical practice are associated with enhanced patient satisfaction, greater adherence to medication regimens, improved selfmanagement, better health outcomes,1 reduced medical costs2 and decreased risks of malpractice claims.3 Ineffective communicati...
Category: Professionalism
Topic: Communication

Apr 2017 // read more
Clinical Followership to Leadership in Medicine – The Natural Progression in Professional Development
Dr T Thirumoorthy
This article is based on a presentation at the Surgeons as Leaders Seminar organised by the Chapter of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, College of Surgeons, Singapore on 4 March 2017. Introduction Although doctors are often exhorted to be natural leaders in healthcare, both by position and responsibi...
Category: Professionalism