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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brent H. Braveman, MEd, OTR/L(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book provides a helpful overview of a broad range of legal issues of which occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners, students, and educators need to be aware.
Purpose: According to the author, this book is intended to provide a basic overview of health care legal issues for clinicians, clinical managers, healthcare facility administrators, educators and professional and postprofessional students. Topics addressed include issues such as employment law, education law, insurance law, criminal law and other categories of legal issues.
Audience: Each chapter is introduced with a brief statement to focus the reader and highlight the importance of the topic. Terms are clearly defined within the chapters, which aid with readability. A glossary of terms is also provided. Each chapter is summarized, and two to three questions are provided to allow the reader to assess the knowledge gained. Answers to the questions and a suggested reading list are provided for readers who wish to investigate topics in further depth.
Features: Appendixes include a table of cases cited in the text, a table of statutes, regulations, treaties and declarations cited, and the Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice for occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Assessment: This text is an excellent resource for occupational therapy and physical therapy personnel as an introduction to legal issues involved in the practice of these professions. It is highly recommended.