Ethical & Legal Issues In Home Health & Long-Term Care / Edition 1

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Overview

Ethical and Legal Issues in Home Health and Long-Term Care gives home health care providers practical approaches to the ethical and legal is sues unique to home health care. The authors provide a sophisticated y et practical framework for developing and applying an ethics action pl an. From establishing an ethics committee to integrating legal, clinic al, and organizational concerns, to providing key medical-ethical deci sion making criteria for end-of-life decisions, the book offers home h ealth and other community-based providers a comprehensive resource to guide staff and to avoid liability.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: William K. Cody, RN, PhD (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)
Description: This book provides information on legal and ethical issues in home health and long-term care, describes ethical analysis and decision-making in these settings, and provides models to guide caregivers in these processes.
Purpose: The book fulfills a need in the related literature by providing a resource to guide the reader through ethical questions in a way that is sufficiently comprehensive to deal with their complexity, along with tools and techniques to address ethical questions in practice.
Audience: The book, targeting caregivers and administrators in home health care, long-term care, hospice, and community health care, may be used as a textbook for healthcare professionals. Robbins, with a PhD in philosophy, a Harvard MPH, and 10 years' experience in the ethics of postacute care, is a credible authority.
Features: The book is organized into 12 chapters that provide an overview of the issues, explore the forces influencing ethical problems, present some key ethical concepts and principles, offer a model for decision making, and describe how to implement policies and procedures based on ethical reasoning. Chapters conclude with open-ended case studies and questions for discussion. The book ends with a bibliography on healthcare ethics, fulfilling the claim that the book is a comprehensive resource.
Assessment: This book features a well-balanced array of facts, theory, analysis, illustration, and guidance, and it will be a useful addition to any healthcare library. Robbins writes with a minimum of jargon and differentiates well between legal and ethical problems. A possible weakness of the text is the sparseness of the explanations of ethical principles. Robbins captures the profundity and urgency of the ethical issues he describes and frankly delineates which side of an issue he is on. The book leaves the reader better prepared to grapple with the inevitable ethical dilemmas of home health and long-term care.
William K. Cody
This book provides information on legal and ethical issues in home health and long-term care, describes ethical analysis and decision-making in these settings, and provides models to guide caregivers in these processes. The book fulfills a need in the related literature by providing a resource to guide the reader through ethical questions in a way that is sufficiently comprehensive to deal with their complexity, along with tools and techniques to address ethical questions in practice. The book, targeting caregivers and administrators in home health care, long-term care, hospice, and community health care, may be used as a textbook for healthcare professionals. Robbins, with a PhD in philosophy, a Harvard MPH, and 10 years' experience in the ethics of postacute care, is a credible authority. The book is organized into 12 chapters that provide an overview of the issues, explore the forces influencing ethical problems, present some key ethical concepts and principles, offer a model for decision making, and describe how to implement policies and procedures based on ethical reasoning. Chapters conclude with open-ended case studies and questions for discussion. The book ends with a bibliography on healthcare ethics, fulfilling the claim that the book is a comprehensive resource. This book features a well-balanced array of facts, theory, analysis, illustration, and guidance, and it will be a useful addition to any healthcare library. Robbins writes with a minimum of jargon and differentiates well between legal and ethical problems. A possible weakness of the text is the sparseness of the explanations of ethical principles. Robbins captures the profundity and urgency of the ethical issueshe describes and frankly delineates which side of an issue he is on. The book leaves the reader better prepared to grapple with the inevitable ethical dilemmas of home health and long-term care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834207837
  • Publisher: Aspen
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Ethical and Legal Issues in Home Health and Long-Term Care: An Overview 1
Ch. 2 Internal and External Forces Leading to the Emergence of Ethical Issues in Home Health and Long-Term Care 15
Ch. 3 Foundations and Applications in Ethics: Understanding Principles for Addressing Ethical Issues 39
Ch. 4 A Model for Making Better and More Justifiable Decisions 63
Ch. 5 Tracing the Legal Legacy surrounding Consent and End-of-Life Decision Making: From Quinlan to Cruzan 75
Ch. 6 Formal Vehicles for Decision Making 95
Ch. 7 Developing Institutional Policies on Ethical Issues 111
Ch. 8 Conducting an Ethics Audit 137
Ch. 9 Clinical Ethics Rounds 143
Ch. 10 The Facility-Based Ethics Committee 151
Ch. 11 The Community-Based Ethics Committee: A New Concept To Meet New Challenges 165
Ch. 12 Integrating Clinical, Legal, Ethical, and Administrative Problem Solving and Decision Making 175
Topical Bibliography 187
Index 227
About the Author 235
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