Healthcare professional competencies in legal doctrine

  • José Mª Maestre Education Innovation Director, Valdecilla Virtual Hospital, Santander, Cantabria, Spain
Keywords: Simulation, Delivery of health care, Legislation as topic, Continuity of patient care, Liability Legal


The analysis of medical malpractice claims related to adverse events in Spain reveals that it is commonly accepted as legal criteria that some doctors have innate and special abilities to carry out their activity. They also distinguish between ability and learning. This article reflects on adult learning theories and ways to facilitate professional development. It analyzes the consequences that the chosen criteria may influence the way healthcare providers are trained. It also reflects on the influence these criteria may have in judicial decisions related to the assessment of professional performance. The use of clinical simulation as a new training tool is reviewed.


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Maestre JM. Healthcare professional competencies in legal doctrine. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2016 Jan. 1 [cited 2024 Feb. 28];44(1):36-9. Available from:


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How to Cite
Maestre JM. Healthcare professional competencies in legal doctrine. Colomb. J. Anesthesiol. [Internet]. 2016 Jan. 1 [cited 2024 Feb. 28];44(1):36-9. Available from:


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