Patient compo bid over poor GP lifestyle advice goes up in smoke


Providing 'reasonable care' for one's health isn't solely the responsibility of the doctor, writes Sydney GP and medicolegal adviser Dr Craig Lilienthal

A 50-year-old man presented to his GP with headaches and dizziness. He weighed 120kg and had a BP of 155/105. He worked as a storeman and was a heavy smoker.

The GP counselled him about his blood pressure, weight and smoking, and referred him to a cardiologist for cardiac risk assessment. He was advised to exercise, lose weight, stop smoking and modify his lifestyle.