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|Ch. 1||Introduction to medical law, ethics, and bioethics||1|
|Ch. 2||The legal system||25|
|Ch. 3||Importance of the legal system for the physician||49|
|Ch. 4||Medical practice and allied health professionals||66|
|Ch. 5||The physician-patient relationship||89|
|Ch. 6||Professional liability and medical malpractice||119|
|Ch. 7||Public duties of the physician||143|
|Ch. 8||Federal regulations affecting the medical professional||162|
|Ch. 9||The medical record||187|
|Ch. 10||Confidentiality in medical practice||204|
|Ch. 11||Ethical and bioethical issues in medicine||227|
|Ch. 12||Ethical issues relating to life||245|
|Ch. 13||Death and dying||274|
The allied health professional has always been an important member of the medical team. This team awareness is even more critical in today's health care environment since the physician no longer practices medicine alone.
Medical Law and Ethics is written in straightforward language that is aimed at the non-lawyer health professional who must be able to cope with multiple legal and ethical issues. This text is appropriate for those persons studying in a college or university who are working toward careers in the allied health field in a variety of settings such as the medical office, hospitals, clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. A wide range of pertinent topics are discussed, such as the legal system, the physician-patient relationship, professional liability and medical malpractice, public duties of the physician, the medical record, and ethical and bioethical issues. The intent is to help the health care professional to better understand our ethical obligation to ourselves, our patients, and our employer.
Many legal cases are sprinkled throughout the text to demonstrate the history of the law as it pertains to subjects such as patient confidentiality, managed care, federal regulations affecting the employee, death and dying, and abortion. In some examples, the cases may seem old, but since our legal system is based on case law, they are still pertinent today.
A special feature called Med Tips provides quick information about the law and ethics. These brief scenarios and hints help to maintain interest in this vital subject. All chapters include glossary terms highlighted in bold on first reference, extensive end-of-the-chapter exercises, and one actual practicecase. The appendix includes a thorough compilation of codes of ethics that form a basis for current practice and a listing of health care regulatory agencies.
This text is meant to provide an overview of medical law and ethics. Practicing health care professionals should know the legal requirements in their own jurisdictions.