Medical Law and Ethics (6e) : 9780135414521

Medical Law and Ethics (6e)

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Pearson Higher Ed USA
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For courses in medical law or ethics in programs for nurses, medical assistants, and other allied health care professionals.

A plain-language guide to the law and ethics of healthcare

Medical Law and Ethics examines the essentials of pertinent laws and the ethical demands of healthcare professions. Clear and readable, the text helps students identify the ethical norms they will adhere to in their chosen field. Real legal cases and stimulating exercises challenge learners to envision their responses to legal and ethical dilemmas in healthcare today. The 6th edition covers issues of increasing concern in hospitals and medical offices, including the opioid crisis in the US, electronic recordkeeping, and the needs of elderly and handicapped populations.
Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction to Medical Law, Ethics, and Bioethics
  • 2. The Legal System
  • 3. Essentials of the Legal System for Health Care Professionals
  • 4. Working in Today’s Health Care Market
  • 5. The Physician—Patient Relationship
  • 6. Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice
  • 7. Public Duties of the Health Care Professional
  • 8. Workplace Law and Ethics
  • 9. The Medical Record
  • 10. Patient Confidentiality and HIPAA
  • 11. Ethical and Bioethical Issues in Medicine
  • 12. Ethical Issues Relating to Life
  • 13. Death and Dying
  • 14. Trends in Health Care
  • Appendices
  • A. Codes of Ethics
  • B. Case Citations
Features & benefits
  • Legal case citations show students how multiple healthcare disciplines collaborate in patient care while illuminating medical topics subject to US legal requirements, from patient confidentiality and abortion, to death and dying.
  • Case studies at the start of each chapter are based on actual experiences of the author and demonstrate the practical applications of chapter content. They can be used to stimulate discussion and build critical ­thinking skills.
  • Strategically ­placed Med Tips provide quick hints and helpful information about the law and ethics to build student interest and ease navigation of complex, controversial topics.
  • New - The opioid crisis in the US is now discussed in Chapter 7, tackling a critical topic in healthcare today.
  • New - A new discussion of electronic health records has been added to Chapter 9, acknowledging the ever-growing reliance on electronic recordkeeping in hospitals and medical offices.
  • New - Coverage of personal health records has been added to Chapter 9 to explore the benefits of patients maintaining their own electronic medical records – for example, the ability to share these records with their doctors.
  • New - A new section on the American Deaf culture in Chapter 14 considers the unique needs of the Deaf, as well as historical, legal, and social awareness issues pertaining to Deaf Culture.
  • New - A new section on blindness and visual impairment in Chapter 14 discusses the unique needs of the blind and visually impaired, the history of working with this population, and related legal and social awareness issues.
  • New - A new section on life issues of the elderly in Chapter 14 addresses healthcare issues related to prolonged life expectancy, as well as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other illnesses primarily affecting the elderly.
  • Discussion Cases in each chapter are great as assignments or to generate in-class debate about controversial medical and legal issues. Some of these cases are integrated into the Case Studies feature of the MyLab for Medical Law & Ethics.
  • Points to Ponder feature poses thought-provoking questions to help students evaluate how they might deal with the tough legal and ethical dilemmas in healthcare today.
  • Put It into Practice activities at the end of each chapter encourage students to contemplate everyday legal and ethical issues.
  • Critical­ thinking exercises at the end of each chapter challenge students to answer the question “What would you do if...” in response to the legal and ethical dilemmas facing today’s healthcare professionals.
  • Discussion questions and a Review Challenge consisting of short answer, matching, and multiple choice exercises let students actively test their comprehension of chapter content.
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