Legal and Ethical Issues for Health Professionals / Edition 3

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Overview

Legal And Ethical Issues For Health Professionals Is A Concise And Practical Guide To Legal And Ethical Dilemmas Facing Health Care Professionals Today. This Book Will Help The Reader To Better Understand The Issues They Will Face On The Job And Its Implications In The Legal Arena. This Text Presents Contemporary Topics With A Real World Perspective And Allows The Student To Develop Critical Thinking Skills.

Each New Textbook Includes An Online Access Code For A Companion Website With Helpful Student Resources.
Access To The Companion Website May Be Purchased Separately.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Tyler S Gibb, J.D.(Saint Louis University)
Description: This is the third edition of a unique hybrid between a textbook and a handbook that provides a background in ethics concepts and discussions of common ethical dilemmas and conflicts in the healthcare setting for healthcare administrators and providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with a clear understanding of both laws and ethics as they apply in the healthcare setting. The book is intended to be both a source of information, like a standard textbook, as well as to be studied and referenced, like a handbook. Helpfully, by including real-world examples in this edition, the author seeks to move readers out of the classroom and into the work environment.
Audience: The author gears the book for healthcare professionals, providers, and administrators. Because the author is neither a physician nor an attorney, two advisors are listed as consultants, adding a level of authority to the book's complex legal and medical discussions.
Features: The book begins with an overview of basic concepts in moral philosophy, and then covers specific issues such as advanced directives and futility, U.S. law generally, health law in particular, and legal aspects of ethics committees, organizations, and other regulatory aspects of the healthcare industry. In its attempt to straddle the line between specificity and generality, the book falls a bit short of both. For example, more than two pages are devoted to respondeat superior, a technical legal doctrine, but there is no mention of the Terri Schiavo case.
Assessment: In providing examples and background for many of the common ethical and legal dilemmas that arise in U.S. healthcare, this book is very useful for healthcare practitioners and administrators. However, it seems to attempt too much, and students of ethics or health law may find it overly simplistic or incomplete — important cases are overlooked, key ethical concepts are glossed over or overly simplified, and specific, narrow topics receive a disproportionate amount of real estate.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Tyler S Gibb, J.D.(Saint Louis University)
Description: This is the third edition of a unique hybrid between a textbook and a handbook that provides a background in ethics concepts and discussions of common ethical dilemmas and conflicts in the healthcare setting for healthcare administrators and providers.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with a clear understanding of both laws and ethics as they apply in the healthcare setting. The book is intended to be both a source of information, like a standard textbook, as well as to be studied and referenced, like a handbook. Helpfully, by including real-world examples in this edition, the author seeks to move readers out of the classroom and into the work environment.
Audience: The author gears the book for healthcare professionals, providers, and administrators. Because the author is neither a physician nor an attorney, two advisors are listed as consultants, adding a level of authority to the book's complex legal and medical discussions.
Features: The book begins with an overview of basic concepts in moral philosophy, and then covers specific issues such as advanced directives and futility, U.S. law generally, health law in particular, and legal aspects of ethics committees, organizations, and other regulatory aspects of the healthcare industry. In its attempt to straddle the line between specificity and generality, the book falls a bit short of both. For example, more than two pages are devoted to respondeat superior, a technical legal doctrine, but there is no mention of the Terri Schiavo case.
Assessment: In providing examples and background for many of the common ethical and legal dilemmas that arise in U.S. healthcare, this book is very useful for healthcare practitioners and administrators. However, it seems to attempt too much, and students of ethics or health law may find it overly simplistic or incomplete — important cases are overlooked, key ethical concepts are glossed over or overly simplified, and specific, narrow topics receive a disproportionate amount of real estate.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Aaliyah Eaves-Leanos, JD (Saint Louis University)
Description: This is an up-to-date resource for both aspiring and established health professionals facing legal and ethical healthcare dilemmas. Ethical and legal issues that frequently emerge in the healthcare environment are introduced with a contemporary perspective and overt simplicity. The book encourages readers to develop the analytic tools necessary for the resolution of moral conflicts and provides a starting point for a more complex conversation about the intersection of modern medicine, law, and ethics.
Purpose: The author's goal is to teach readers how to recognize bioethical and legal dilemmas in healthcare, identify appropriate responses, and take the right course of action.
Audience: This book is best suited for students and healthcare professionals with relatively little exposure or formal study in the fields of health law and bioethics. It provides a valuable and handy reference for those with more familiarity and experience in the field.
Features: The material is presented in 14 concise, elementary chapters designed to introduce the basic concepts in ethics and health law. The book covers law and ethics overviews, end-of-life dilemmas, ethics committees and organizational ethics, patient rights and abuse, informed consent, the regulation of healthcare, employee rights and responsibilities, and professional conduct. The superb organization of the chapters and numerous references make this a good quick reference guide for teachers and healthcare professionals. Each chapter begins with an introduction and ends with a section for notes and self-reflection. Cases containing legal and ethical dilemmas are introduced throughout the book as well as notable quotations, personal stories, and current events. Readers are asked to reflect on the ethical and legal issues presented in the chapter via a series of review questions.
Assessment: This is a solid introductory level book for students and health professionals with limited exposure to ethics and health law. The organization and style may make the topics more readily accessible for novice students who may otherwise be intimidated by a more robust and scholarly approach to bioethics and health law.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449672119
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 2/8/2012
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 562
  • Sales rank: 137,107
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to ethics 3
Ch. 2 Contemporary ethical dilemmas 35
Ch. 3 Health care ethics committee 73
Ch. 4 End-of-life dilemmas 89
Ch. 5 Development of law 131
Ch. 6 Introduction to law 147
Ch. 7 Government, ethics, and the law 181
Ch. 8 Organizational ethics and the law 195
Ch. 9 Health care professionals' ethical and legal issues 221
Ch. 10 Physicians' ethical and legal issues 269
Ch. 11 Employee rights and responsibilities 289
Ch. 12 Patient consent 305
Ch. 13 Patient abuse 325
Ch. 14 Patient rights and responsibilities 339
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