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Master Thesis

La place du médecin légiste dans le soin chez les personnes en privation de liberté

Abstract : When a measure of deprivation of liberty is taken against a person, that person has the right to ask to be examined by a doctor in order to ensure his state of health or to ensure the continuity of the proceedings care if he suffers from a pathology requiring treatment. In France, this so-called “compatibility” examination is carried out by a forensic doctor working in a medico-judicial unit. The examination is requested on requisition by a judicial police officer. In the event of an acute health problem or the need for daily care, the doctor has the option of making it incompatible to keep the person in the premises of the authorities. The deprivation of liberty will therefore take place in the hospital. In Paris, a hospital room is dedicated to people deprived of their liberty requiring care or treatment that cannot be done on the premises of the authorities. Our objective was to interview forensic pathologists practicing in this structure and others not practicing there in order to find out how they felt about practicing being a doctor with people deprived of their liberty.
Methodology: we carried out a qualitative study by interviewing 10 forensic pathologists in the support of semi-structured interviews, most of them working at the medico-judicial unit of Paris, on their role with people deprived of their liberty by relying on the example of a person revealing the possession of narcotics without the knowledge of the authorities.
Results: from our interviews, we extracted three distinct themes including the role of the doctor with people in deprivation of liberty, the interest of a dedicated hospital room and the action to be taken in the example known as "the mule” to know the place of medical confidentiality in situations where the doctor witnesses a criminal offense that could endanger a person's life.
Conclusion: among the functions of the forensic pathologist, taking care of people deprived of their liberty takes on a special character: indeed, even if the care activity should not be different, it can be reinforced by the existence of a room specially reserved for those people whose well-demonstrated interest justifies the development; furthermore, knowledge of certain elements such as body drug transport will raise the question of medical confidentiality which, although it is still variously appreciated according to practitioners, deserves to be the subject of a consensus.
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Nicolas Soussy. La place du médecin légiste dans le soin chez les personnes en privation de liberté. Ethique. 2021. ⟨dumas-03575079⟩



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