Legal and Ethical Considerations for Dental Hygienists and Assistants / Edition 1

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Overview

Dental hygienists and dental assistants need to be aware of current accepted legal processes related to such issues as infection control, insurance, malpractice, liability, and negligence. LEGAL AND ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR DENTAL HYGIENISTS AND ASSISTANTS provides them with strong theoretical and philosophical information concerning the legal, ethical, and management dilemmas that face the entire dental health team. Real-life examples with expert commentary and follow-up questions illustrate legal situations the dental hygienist or assistant may face.

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Reviewer: Vera Ann Smith, CDA (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental profession are provided in countless detail in this book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for the dental professional to practice within the law governing their state. I think this is a worthy objective indeed. I wish this book could be required reading for dental professionals before they take the board exams, certifying exams, and registered exams. The author's objectives are met simply by showing the relationship between the law and the dental profession.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written basically for dental hygienists and dental assistants. In my opinion it is written for anyone working in the dental field. I believe the author, a registered dental hygienist and attorney at law, is a credible authority on the subject matter, and indeed she has probably witnessed or heard evidence in some of the cases mentioned.
Features: This book is divided into six sections and each section contains three chapters, except Section II which contains six chapters. The final section includes discussion relating to changing the law. In each chapter actual case studies and study questions are provided. The study questions are very useful. The appearance of this book is good, the cover is composed of soft colors, and there are few illustrations. The glossary really helped me master the legal terminology.
Assessment: This book belongs in dental offices, dental schools, law libraries, and dental libraries. It is an excellent reference for those in the dental auxiliaries who wish to learn more about what is legal and what is not. Each person working in the dental profession should know what he or she is legally responsible for by law. I found the case studies to be most effective in holding my interest. I am so glad this book is written in easy to understand language.
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Reviewer: Vera Ann Smith, CDA (University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental profession are provided in countless detail in this book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for the dental professional to practice within the law governing their state. I think this is a worthy objective indeed. I wish this book could be required reading for dental professionals before they take the board exams, certifying exams, and registered exams. The author's objectives are met simply by showing the relationship between the law and the dental profession.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written basically for dental hygienists and dental assistants. In my opinion it is written for anyone working in the dental field. I believe the author, a registered dental hygienist and attorney at law, is a credible authority on the subject matter, and indeed she has probably witnessed or heard evidence in some of the cases mentioned.
Features: This book is divided into six sections and each section contains three chapters, except Section II which contains six chapters. The final section includes discussion relating to changing the law. In each chapter actual case studies and study questions are provided. The study questions are very useful. The appearance of this book is good, the cover is composed of soft colors, and there are few illustrations. The glossary really helped me master the legal terminology.
Assessment: This book belongs in dental offices, dental schools, law libraries, and dental libraries. It is an excellent reference for those in the dental auxiliaries who wish to learn more about what is legal and what is not. Each person working in the dental profession should know what he or she is legally responsible for by law. I found the case studies to be most effective in holding my interest. I am so glad this book is written in easy to understand language.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Vera Ann Smith, CDA(University of Chicago Medical Center)
Description: The legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental profession are provided in countless detail in this book.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guide for the dental professional to practice within the law governing their state. I think this is a worthy objective indeed. I wish this book could be required reading for dental professionals before they take the board exams, certifying exams, and registered exams. The author's objectives are met simply by showing the relationship between the law and the dental profession.
Audience: According to the author, this book is written basically for dental hygienists and dental assistants. In my opinion it is written for anyone working in the dental field. I believe the author, a registered dental hygienist and attorney at law, is a credible authority on the subject matter, and indeed she has probably witnessed or heard evidence in some of the cases mentioned.
Features: This book is divided into six sections and each section contains three chapters, except Section II which contains six chapters. The final section includes discussion relating to changing the law. In each chapter actual case studies and study questions are provided. The study questions are very useful. The appearance of this book is good, the cover is composed of soft colors, and there are few illustrations. The glossary really helped me master the legal terminology.
Assessment: This book belongs in dental offices, dental schools, law libraries, and dental libraries. It is an excellent reference for those in the dental auxiliaries who wish to learn more about what is legal and what is not. Each person working in the dental profession should know what he or she is legally responsible for by law. I found the case studies to be most effective in holding my interest. I am so glad this book is written in easy to understand language.
Vera Ann Smith
The legal and ethical responsibilities of the dental profession are provided in countless detail in this book. The purpose is to provide a guide for the dental professional to practice within the law governing their state. I think this is a worthy objective indeed. I wish this book could be required reading for dental professionals before they take the board exams, certifying exams, and registered exams. The author's objectives are met simply by showing the relationship between the law and the dental profession. According to the author, this book is written basically for dental hygienists and dental assistants. In my opinion it is written for anyone working in the dental field. I believe the author, a registered dental hygienist and attorney at law, is a credible authority on the subject matter, and indeed she has probably witnessed or heard evidence in some of the cases mentioned. This book is divided into six sections and each section contains three chapters, except Section II which contains six chapters. The final section includes discussion relating to changing the law. In each chapter actual case studies and study questions are provided. The study questions are very useful. The appearance of this book is good, the cover is composed of soft colors, and there are few illustrations. The glossary really helped me master the legal terminology. This book belongs in dental offices, dental schools, law libraries, and dental libraries. It is an excellent reference for those in the dental auxiliaries who wish to learn more about what is legal and what is not. Each person working in the dental profession should know what he or she is legally responsible for by law. I found thecase studies to be most effective in holding my interest. I am so glad this book is written in easy to understand language.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556644221
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 404
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

SECTION I THE LEGAL SYSTEM
CHAPTER 1 THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM
CHAPTER 2 PROCEDURAL LAW/STRUCTURE OF A LAWSUIT
CHAPTER 3 THE LAW AND ETHICS
SECTION II LEGAL RIGHTS THAT DEFINE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN INDIVIDUALS
CHAPTER 4 TORT LAW UNINTENTIONAL ACTS
CHAPTER 5 TORT LAW INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT
CHAPTER 6 INFORMED CONSENT
CHAPTER 7 CONFIDENTIALITY AND DISCLOSURE
CHAPTER 8 CONTRACTUAL RELATIONSHIPS
CHAPTER 9 DISCRIMINATION
SECTION III QUALITY ASSURANCE
CHAPTER 10 ACCREDITATION AND CREDENTIALING
CHAPTER 11 LEGAL CONSEQUENCES OF UNAUTHORIZED PRACTICE
CHAPTER 12 THE ROLE OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
SECTION IV OFFICE PROTOCOLS AND PATIENT RECORDS
CHAPTER 13 MEDICAL AND DENTAL RECORDS
CHAPTER 14 FORENSIC DENTISTRY
CHAPTER 15 OFFICE PROCEDURES
SECTION V EMPLOYMENT
CHAPTER 16 EMPLOYEE RIGHTS, APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AND EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS
CHAPTER 17 SEXUAL HARRASSMENT
CHAPTER 18 INSURANCE
SECTION VI CHANGING THE LAW
CHAPTER 19 CREATING OR CHANGING LAW
APPENDICES
Appendix A. American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct
Appendix B Code of Ethics for Dental Hygienists
Appendix C American Dental Assistants Association Principles of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Appendix D Ethics for Dental Laboratory Technologists
Appendix E Code of Ethics for Dental Laboratory Industry
Appendix F Safety Mini-Audit for Compliance and Safety Checklist Excerpts from The Written Office Safety Program
Appendix G Rhode Island Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Appendix H Maines Dental Practice Act and Rules and Regulations
Appendix I Wyomings Dental Practice Act and Rules and Regulations

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