Everyday Medical Ethics and Law, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118384849
  • ISBN-13: 9781118384848
  • DDC: 174.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 322 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released March 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is based on the core chapters of Medical Ethics Today, focussing on the practical issues and dilemmas common to all doctors. It includes chapters on the law and professional guidance relating to consent, treating people who lack capacity, treating children and young people, confidentiality and health records. The title is UK-wide, covering the law and guidance in each of the four nations. Each chapter has a uniform structure which makes it ideal for use in learning and teaching. "10 Things You Need to Know About..." introduces the key points of the topic, Setting the Scene explains where the issues occur in real life and why doctors need to understand them, and then key definitions are followed by explanations of different scenarios. The book uses real cases to illustrate points and summary boxes to highlight key issues throughout. Whilst maintaining its rigorous attention to detail, Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is an easy read reference book for busy, practising doctors.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Medical Ethics Committee.
List of Case Examples.
1: A Practical Approach to Ethics.
2: Does Medical Ethics Help and How?.
3: Medical Law and Healthcare Law.
4: Ethical Decision Making.
5: Approaching an Ethical Problem.
6: A Final Word on Problem Solving.
7: References.
8: The Doctor–Patient Relationship.
9: Setting the Scene.
10: Responsibilities for Patients and the Duty of Care.
11: Patient Autonomy and Choice.
12: Truth-Telling and Good Communication.
13: Keeping Patients' Trust.
14: Recognising Boundaries.
15: Treating Oneself, Friends and Family.
16: Providing a Safe Service.
17: A Last Word on the Doctor–Patient Relationship.
18: References.
19: Consent, Choice and Refusal: Adults with Capacity.
20: Setting the Scene.
21: The Importance of Information.
22: Refusal of Treatment.
23: Seeking Consent.
24: Documenting the Decision.
25: Implementing the Decision.
26: A Last Word about Patient Consent and Refusal.
27: References.
28: Treating Adults Who Lack Capacity.
29: Setting the Scene.
30: The Law Concerning Treatment and Non-Treatment of Adults Lacking Capacity to Consent.
31: Assessing Patients' Capacity.
32: Providing Care and Treatment for Adults Lacking Mental Capacity.
33: The Role of Proxy Decision Makers.
34: Decisions Needing Special Safeguards.
35: A Last Word on Caring for Adults Who Lack Capacity.
36: References.
37: Treating Children and Young People.
38: Setting the Scene.
39: Consent to Examination and Treatment.
40: Consent or Refusal on Behalf of Babies and Young Children.
41: Involving Older Children in Decisions.
42: Assessing Competence in Children and Young People.
43: Consent and Refusal by Competent Young People.
44: Research Involving Children and Young People.
45: Consent and Refusal in Exceptional Circumstances.
46: Child Protection.
47: Advisory Services and Involving the Courts.
48: A Last Word on Treating Children and Young People.
49: References.
50: Patient Confidentiality.
51: Setting the Scene.
52: What Is Sonfidential?.
53: Keeping Information Secure.
54: Informing Patients about Possible Uses of Their Health Information.
55: The Law on Confidentiality and Disclosure.
56: Use of Patient Information for Purposes Directly Related to Care.
57: Uses of Patient Information for Purposes Indirectly Related to Care.
58: Disclosures Unrelated to Health Care.
59: Disclosures to Identify and Address Poor Health Care.
60: Disclosures Related to Crime Prevention, Detection or Prosecution.
61: Disclosures in the Public Interest.
62: The Confidentiality Owed to Deceased Patients.
63: A Last Word on Confidentiality.
64: References.
65: Management of Health Records.
66: Setting the Scene.
67: Defining Medical Records.
68: Making a Health Record.
69: Changing Medical Records or Adding to Them.
70: Primary and Secondary Uses of Records.
71: Giving Access to Patient Records and Reports.
72: Security of Data.
73: Retention and Destruction of Records.
74: A Last Word about Records Management.
75: References.
76: Prescribing and Administering Medication.
77: Setting the Scene.
78: Talking to Patients and Obtaining Consent.
79: Choosing the Right Product for the Patient.
80: Shared Prescribing and Continuity of Care.
81: Prescribing for Different Patient Groups.
82: Conflicts of Interest.
83: Administering Medication.
84: A Last Word about Prescribing and Administering Medicine.
85: References.