Geriatrics and the Law: Understanding Patient Rights and Professional Responsibilities, Third Edition

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Springer Publishing Company, Apr 28, 1999 - Law - 328 pages
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"The updated Third Edition of Geriatrics and the Law by the leading scholar in law and old age belongs on the desk of every hospital and long-term care administrator, Director of Nursing, and Medical Director. It is the most comprehensive volume available on the topic. The book provides clearly written legal and ethical principles and their implications and applications."--Elias S. Cohen, JD, Executive Director, Community Services Systems, Inc.

Significant changes in the law are affecting patients' rights and professionals' responsibilities in providing clinical services to the elderly. This edition of Kapp's successful text continues to inform and sensitize health care professionals about the legal issues, and offers practical advice and guidance to practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

The text has been thoroughly updated and, where appropriate, expanded. Topics woven into each chapter include: implications of the relevant statutes, regulations, judicial opinions, private guidelines, and discussion of new laws. This practical book is a valuable and useful resource for practitioners, health care students, and educators. It contains extensive references and a helpful Appendix of Resources.


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Demography and Epidemiology of Aging
Chapter 2 Introduction to Law and the Legal System
Chapter 3 Informed Consent and Truth Telling
Documentation Patient Access and Confidentiality
Chapter 5 Financing Health Care for Older Persons
Chapter 6 Disability Programs and Protections for Older Persons
Chapter 7 Elder Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 8 Involuntary Commitment Guardianship Protective Services Representative Payees and Powers of Attorney
Chapter 10 Legal Considerations in Home Health Care
Chapter 11 Medicolegal Issues at the End of Life
Chapter 12 Research with Older Human Subjects
PhysicianAttorney Cooperation

Chapter 9 Medicolegal Problems in Caring for Nursing Home Residents

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About the author (1999)

Marshall B. Kapp, JD MPH, was educated at Johns Hopkins University (B.A.), George Washington University Law School (J.D. with Honors), and Harvard University School of Public Health (M.P.H.). He is the Garwin Distinguished Professor of Law and Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Law. He also has a faculty appointment in the Department of Medical Humanities in the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

From 1980 through 2003, he was a faculty member in the School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, where he was professor in the departments of Community Health and Psychiatry and taught courses on the legal and ethical aspects of health care. He also was director of WSU's Office of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and held an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Dayton School of Law. From 1998-2001, he was designated Wright State University's Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Service. In 2004, he was granted Professor Emeritus status from Wright State.

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