Module 1: Introductory Concepts

Unit 5: Ethical Aspects

Responsibilities of the Doctor

  • Taking a patient drug history
  • Performing the physical examination
  • Making a medical diagnosis
  • Prescribing appropriate drugs
  • Monitoring a patient's responses to drugs
  • Modifying the drugs and drug dosages as necessary
Some of these responsibilities are shared by nurses, such as taking a patient drug history and the monitoring of a patient's responses to drugs. In some states, nurse practitioners and physician assistants are also permitted to prescribe medications.

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