Medicolegal Essentials in Healthcare

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Jason Payne-James, Ian Wall, Peter Dean
Cambridge University Press, Mar 4, 2004 - Law - 260 pages
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Medicolegal Essentials in Healthcare provides a concise overview of the most clinically relevant medicolegal issues for healthcare groups in England and Wales, and is a valuable resource for medical, dental and nursing students in training as well as being a useful quick reference for practitioners in these fields. Each chapter is written by a leading expert on the subject, and as such provides up-to-date, concise, and comprehensive coverage, identifying key areas of controversy and enabling readers to put contemporary medicolegal issues into their appropriate clinical context. Key features include:
  • Focuses on issues of immediate relevance to healthcare professionals
  • Chapters written by leading experts in the field
  • A knowledge of medicolegal issues is of increasing importance to all healthcare professionals, as society generally becomes more litigious, and practitioners face the threat of legal claims against them
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    Contents

    Legal institutions and the legal process
    1
    Human rights and healthcare professionals
    11
    Medical ethics and the forensic physician
    21
    Confidentialituy
    29
    Consent to medical treatment
    39
    Professional bodies and discipline
    51
    Complaints in the National Health Service George Fernie
    71
    The Mental Health Act England and Wales
    83
    Living wills
    127
    Euthanasia and endoflife decisionmaking
    Abortion and reproductive health
    The Children Act 1989
    Clinical negligence
    Legislation for medicines and product liability
    Clinical trials ethical legal and practical considerations
    Medicolegal implications of bloodborne viruses

    Death certification and the role of the coroner
    95
    Tissues and organs
    105
    Organ donation
    117
    Healthcare professionals in court professional and expert witnesses
    Index
    Copyright

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    About the author (2004)

    Payne-James, Forensic Physician, London and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Department of Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Central Middlesex Hospital.

    Peter J. Dean is Manager of the Office of Research at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

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