Law and Ethics for Dental Assisting Exam Practice Problems

Updated on Jun 23, 2011

The study guide for these practice problems can be found at:

Law and Ethics for Dental Assisting Exam Study Guide

1. Which of the following determines which duties the dental assistant can perform?

a. federal law

b. state law

c. the contracting group

d. the dentist

e. both b and d

2. To what does the standard of moral principles and professional standards of conduct refer?

a. code of ethics

b. litigation

c. state dental practice act

d. dental jurisprudence

e. code of dental morals

3. Which of the following is NOT a negligent act?

a. failure to diagnose

b. failure to refer

c. failure to sterilize

d. failure to give a treatment plan

e. both b and d

4. What must the dentist do if a dental procedure has any risk of failure?

a. refer the case to a specialist

b. inform the patient

c. get an expert witness

d. make sure all charting is accurate

e. stop treatment

5. All dentists have a duty to conform to a standard of care. If a case of negligence arises, the dentist would be judged by the standard of care of all dentists in what geographic area or organization?

a. the United States

b. the state in which he or she is practicing

c. the county in which he or she is practicing

d. the local dental society

e. the immediate area in which he or she is practicing

6. Which of the following describes: an act that a reasonable and careful person under similar circumstances would NOT do; or, the failure to perform an act that a reasonable and careful person would do under similar circumstances?

a. negligence

b. defamation of character

c. fraud

d. dental jurisprudence

e. both a and c

7. An insurance company requests verification of a patient’s birth date and complete name. A copy of the patient’s entire record, including the health history that indicates evidence of HIV, is sent to the insurance company. What is this action considered?

a. fraud

b. assault and battery

c. invasion of privacy

d. defamation of character

e. both c and d

8. A patient asks the dentist or other dental professional to change the date of treatment on a dental claim to insure more benefits. What is this act called?

a. abandonment

b. breach of contract

c. negligence

d. fraud

e. defamation of character

9. Which of the following cannot sign a consent form?

a. parent

b. adult patient

c. minor patient

d. legal guardian

e. none of the above

10. A dentist moves to another state without informing his or her patients and fails to arrange for care for patients still in need of treatment. What is this action known as?

a. fraud

b. abandonment

c. negligence

d. assault and battery

e. none of the above

11. You are summoned to provide firsthand knowledge as testimony in a lawsuit against a dental practice. What would you be in this case?

a. defendant

b. plaintiff

c. fact witness

d. expert witness

e. both a and c

12. Which of the following terms is defined as the severance of a professional relationship with a patient who is still in need of dental care and attention without giving adequate notice to the patient?

a. withdrawal

b. abandonment

c. malpractice

d. neglect

e. fraud

13. In a malpractice court case, what happens to dental records?

a. they are not admissible as evidence

b. they should be written in pencil

c. they are legally admissible as evidence

d. they are sent to the patient for review first

e. they are sent to the witness for review first

14. In each state, what contains the legal restrictions and controls on the dentist, dental professionals, and the practice of dentistry?

a. ADAA Code of Ethics

b. state board of dentistry

c. state Dental Practice Act

d. both b and c

e. both a and b

15. Which of the following is NOT included in the informed consent form? a. benefits of treatment b. risks of treatment c. nature of proposed treatment d. payment plan for treatment e. both b and d

16. What professional term means “do no harm”?

a. nonmaleficence

b. justice

c. beneficence

d. autonomy

e. ethics

17. What does HIPAA stand for?

a. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

b. Health Insurance Privacy and Accountability Act

c. Health Institute of Public and Accessibility Act

d. Hospital Infection Procedures and Asepsis Measures

e. Hospital Internal Protocol and Accountability Processes

18. What does confidentiality mean?

a. The patient has a right to privacy.

b. The dental office does not reveal any personal information about the patient.

c. The patient has autonomy.

d. The office can share information with another health care provider.

e. both a and b

19. Who owns the clinical record and dental radiographs?

a. the dentist

b. the patient

c. the state

d. the insurance company

e. the board of dentistry

20. If a mistake is made during chart documentation, what is the proper way of correcting the error?

a. using white correction fluid to cover the mistake and start over

b. drawing a straight line through the mistake and beginning on the next line

c. erasing it

d. scribbling it out so it is completely darkened and cannot be read

e. using a pencil and writing corrections as close to the mistake as possible

21. A group chart is acceptable when all family members are patients.

a. True

b. False

22. A patient’s financial ledger is part of her or his clinical record.

a. True

b. False

23. All dental professionals are required to report abuse.

a. True

b. False

24. It is acceptable for a dentist to refuse treatment to a patient with HIV.

a. True

b. False

25. Each chart entry must be made in ink, dated, and signed by both the dentist and the assistant.

a. True

b. False

26. If a patient’s treatment plan will take longer than one year to complete, a written informed consent form must be discussed with and signed by the patient.

a. True

b. False

27. It is not a criminal act for a dental assistant to perform an illegal function as long as the dentist has asked him or her to do so.

a. True

b. False

28. When patients enter a dental office, they are giving implied consent for a dental exam.

a. True

b. False

29. Broken appointments should only be noted in the patient’s chart when a fee is being applied for the broken appointment.

a. True

b. False

30. When presenting a treatment plan, the patient should be told of the benefits, risks, and treatment alternatives.

a. True

b. False

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