Title: The orthodontist’s responsibility and the bioethical aspects in the current jurisprudence
Authors: Ademir, Ademir ×
Alqerban, Ali
Antonio, De Lima
Orlando, Tanaka
França, Beatriz #
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2012
Publisher: Wolters Kluwer
Series Title: European Journal of General Dentistry vol:1 issue:1 pages:20-23
Abstract: Context: The orthodontists usually have to manage patient’s expectations and treatment plans at the same time. Consequently, the
civil responsibility and the bioethics involved on orthodontic routine are matters of relevance. Therefore, the importance of adequate
conducts is addressed in this research. Aim: The present aim is to analyze the tendency of the courts judging the orthodontists’
responsibility and to observe the bioethical aspects on the current jurisprudence. Materials and Methods: The sample consisted
of 108 lawsuits related to the orthodontist’s civil responsibility, dated from 2003 to 2009. The qualitative data were obtained by
the Bardin’s method for detailed reading. The quantitative collection was performed by observing statistical distribution of the
following variables: (1) reason of the complaint against the orthodontist, (2) type of obligation designated to the professional, (3)
presence of expert’s examination, and (4) jury decision. The correlations between the jury decision and the other variables were
verified by applying the Chi-square test. Results: The main reason of the complaints against the orthodontist was the personal
dissatisfaction (32%). Subjective and objective obligations had pair incidence (26% and 27%, respectively). The experts’ examination
was present in 63, 89%, of the cases, and the jury decision acquitted 57, 78%, of the orthodontists. The passages involving bioethical
principles supported properly the qualitative approach. Conclusion: The orthodontists show deviations from the correct daily
attitudes. In order to avoid further conflicts, more attention must be given to the principles of bioethics.
ISSN: 2278-9626
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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