Differential diagnosis and the law
Isabelle Le Gallez
Area of studySystems and culture
University of Cambridge
Isabelle received her law degree from the University of Sussex and her Masters in Medical Law and Ethics from the University of Edinburgh. She has been employed by various medico-legal and tort-based research projects whilst at her previous educational institutions.
She contributed to a joint project between the Centre for Law, Medicine and the Life Sciences and The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute, ‘Differential Diagnosis and the Law’. The project is part of a larger research which is taking a closer look at how a diagnosis is made, communicated, and recorded in acute care with the goal of improving the process for doctors and patients. The legal arm of the project will clarify how the law, particularly the law of negligence, shapes the development and communication of differential diagnoses, and whether the law should be reformed.