Legal/Ethical Issues Hlth Pr

Course Description

Focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Focuses on legal and ethical concepts, principles of ethics and law and use in resolving ethical conflicts and dilemmas in health care. Scope of practice, informed consent, employee and patient rights and responsibilities, patient abuse, and the influence of finance and corporate culture will be explored. Sample cases will be analyzed.
  • Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
    • Discuss the basic principles of ethics and the law.
    • Analyze how both ethics and the law contribute to every aspect of decision-making in health care.
    • Analyze case studies of ethical and legal health care issues.
    • Determine an organization’s boundaries between what is acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
    • Discuss the professional code of ethics for selected allied health professionals.
    • Discuss how moral values and beliefs, religious influence, education and life experiences of both health professionals and clients can impact health care decisions.
    • Discuss the influence of financial concerns on health care decisions.andlt;/liandgt; andlt;liandgt;Discuss how corporate culture can affect health care decisions.
    • Discuss employee rights and responsibilities.
    • Discuss patient rights and responsibilities.
    • Discuss pervasiveness of patient abuse, signs of abuse, and reporting requirements for abuse.
    • Discuss the information needed by an individual so that consent is "informed", who can give consent, and the ethical and legal implications of consent.
    • Discuss the ethical and legal implications of practicing outside one’s scope of practice.
    • Discuss the appropriate action to take when the allied health professional disagrees with a physician’s written order and is sure he or she is right.

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