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Grand Rounds: My Patient Needs a Lawyer: Using the Medical-Legal Partnership to Mitigate Health-Harming Legal Needs


By Joel Davidson, MD and Marie Curry, JD, MPH , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Explain the impact of social determinants of health. 2. Identify screening tools used to recognize unmet legal needs in patient populations. 3. Determine the role of a legal aid attorney as a member of the health care team. 4. Describe past successes and discuss future direction of the medical-legal partnership at Akron Children’s Hospital

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Societal factors requiring legal help impact health. The ability to navigate this can be overwhelming for physicians to understand.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.