Medical Law & Professional Ethics focuses on the interrelationship of healthcare, law, and ethics and the application of legal and ethical principles to the healthcare field. This introductory text covers topics such as patient and healthcare-provider rights and related laws, legal issues related to health information technology, and medical-legal issues across the lifespan. In addition, situations and dilemmas that arise when professional roles and personal ethics collide are explored. Special features include case studies, court cases, and “what-if?” ethical scenarios that promote critical thinking and foster class discussion. An engaging career-focus feature introduces students to a broad range of professions in which medical law and professional ethics intersect. Chapter-review material includes a variety of questions and activities to reinforce comprehension of key concepts covered in the text.
Logically organized chapter content, straightforward writing, and dynamic visual aids promote and reinforce student understanding.
Ethical scenarios go beyond familiar, high-profile cases by addressing situations and dilemmas more common in everyday life.
Rather than focusing on how to avoid litigation, the use of law and ethics to improve healthcare systems and the delivery of care is emphasized and encouraged.
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Table of Contents
Unit I. Foundations of Medical Law and Ethics
1. Overview of Medical Law and Ethics 2. Professional Ethics 3. The Source of Law and Regulations
Unit II. The Healthcare Environment
4. Certification and Licensing of Healthcare Professionals 5. Civil Liability of Healthcare Practitioners 6. Criminal Liability of Healthcare Practitioners 7. Federal Statutes and Regulations That Impact Healthcare 8. Managing Risk in Healthcare 9. The Patient-Professional Relationship
Unit III. Healthcare, Law, and Ethics across the Lifespan
10. Minors: Health Law and Ethics 11. Adults: Health Law and Ethics 12. Older Adults: Health Law and Ethics
Unit IV. Evolving Areas of Law and Ethics
13. Health Information Technology 14. Genetics and Drugs 15. Complexity of Facilities Administration
Lois Ritter - is a consultant in health and education. She holds a doctoral degree in education and master's degrees in health science, anthropology with a social and cultural emphasis, and healthcare administration. She has taught at the university level for over 20 years and has conducted national and statewide research on topics such as telehealth, human trafficking, and drug recovery. She is a published author of several journal articles and textbooks and has presented at international, national, and regional conferences.
Donald Graham - is an attorney and also holds a master's degree in urban studies. He has been licensed for over 20 years in both California and Washington State. His practice involves both civil and criminal justice matters, including personal injury, medical licensing, and Medicaid fraud. Mr. Graham's career has included serving as Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Regional Criminal Justice Planning Board, as an instructor for the Criminal Justice Planning Institute at the University of Southern California, as a consultant to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and as Administrator of the regional Developmental Disabilities Center in Orange County, California. During the past 15 years, he has been periodically involved in assessing programs delivering services for children's mental health, child abuse, and homelessness. Mr. Graham's published works include articles, journals, and a textbook on a variety of related topics.