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Everyday Medical Ethics and Law [Paperback]

BMA Medical Ethics Department
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3 May 2013 111838489X 978-1118384893 1
Develop your skills and confidence in approaching everyday medical ethics and legal issues – from consent to capacity and confidentiality – with this practical guide from the BMA. Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is a practical guide to the common issues and dilemmas faced by doctors. Drawing upon enquiries to the BMA’s Ethics Department, it is written under the direction of the BMA′s Medical Ethics Committee and reviewed by leading medical ethicists and lawyers. Chapters cover the doctor–patient relationship, consent, capacity, children and young people, confidentiality, management of health records, and prescribing. Each chapter is designed for effective learning and teaching with ‘10 things you need to know about...’ introducing the key points of a topic and ‘Setting the scene’ explaining where the issues occur in real life and why doctors need to understand them. Real cases and summary boxes highlight the key issues throughout the text and general principles are supplemented by explanations of how they are applied in different scenarios. Everyday Medical Ethics and Law provides a practical approach to common ethical and legal issues and is a helpful reference for busy, practising doctors and other health professionals Related title Medical Ethics Today, Third Edition British Medical Association Ethics Department 9781444337082

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (3 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111838489X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118384893
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Despite being written for doctors, this is a useful reference for all healthcare professionals and students on the everyday legal issues they may face in their work.”  ( Nursing Management , 21 August 2013)

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Develop your skills and confidence in approaching everyday medical ethics and legal issues – from consent to capacity and confidentiality – with this practical guide from the BMA. Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is a practical guide to the common issues and dilemmas faced by doctors. Drawing upon enquiries to the BMA’s Ethics Department, it is written under the direction of the BMA′s Medical Ethics Committee and reviewed by leading medical ethicists and lawyers. Chapters cover the doctor–patient relationship, consent, capacity, children and young people, confidentiality, management of health records, and prescribing. Each chapter is designed for effective learning and teaching with ‘10 things you need to know about...’ introducing the key points of a topic and ‘Setting the scene’ explaining where the issues occur in real life and why doctors need to understand them. Real cases and summary boxes highlight the key issues throughout the text and general principles are supplemented by explanations of how they are applied in different scenarios. Everyday Medical Ethics and Law provides a practical approach to common ethical and legal issues and is a helpful reference for busy, practising doctors and other health professionals Related title Medical Ethics Today, Third Edition British Medical Association Ethics Department 9781444337082

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent treatment of ethical matters 2 Jun 2014
By Mr. A. C. Thorne VINE VOICE
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I obtained this book as part of a need to gain a good general insight to various differing views of Ethical practice and of course chose it because of the medical viewpoint adopted. Medicine is an area that is constantly under scrutiny for the efficacy and ehtical consistencly of its practices and the actions of its practitioners and so I deemed reading in this area to be essential. Whilst not a specialist in medicine I found the book to be written in a manner that made it eminently readable and intelligible. Contemporary matters such as the notion of consent to treatment of minors and the ways in which it is modified by such instruments as Gillick competence are covered simply and effectively and the reader is left in no doubt about what it means by the end of the books treatment of the issue.
For medical practiitoners, most of whom are renowned for having too much to handle at any one time, this guide should I think offer some easily assimilated material that should help lower anxiety levels in relation to matters of medical ethics, offering insight to issues that must be understood in a way that will not be overburdensome.
I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the area under discussion.
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By Jayne VINE VOICE
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The book was somewhat light on my are of special interest, namely how doctors interact with patients experiencing mental health problems. My experience is that doctors have a poor understanding of the rights of people experiencing mental distress, with a "doctor knows best" paternalism pervading. In my opinion, this book doesn't do enough to emphasise the human rights of people experiencing mental distress nor to distinguish mental illness from mental capacity (they are in no way interchangeable). Other than that, on other topics, the coverage was comprehensive.
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By M. Thornton VINE VOICE
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This book has been written by the British Medical Association based on their experiences of the common ethical and legal issues faced by doctors. It starts with a brief revision of basic ethical concepts and terminology but the emphasis of the book is on the practical application of ethics and law in the day-to-day situations encountered by doctors and other healthcare professionals.

The book covers seven main areas: the doctor-patient relationship, consent and capacity, treating adults who lack capacity, treating children and young people, patient confidentiality, management of health records and prescribing medication. Case studies are included throughout the book based on a mix of well known legal cases and on the BMA's own experiences of supporting doctors in difficulty. It includes recent issues such as the Baby P. case, locum work and the management of confidential computer data and there is a wealth of useful information and advice for doctors even on such simple matters as "can I leave a message on a patient's answerphone when calling about appointments or test results?".

If you are looking for a theoretical textbook on medical ethics then this is probably not the best choice but for healthcare professionals and doctors in particular it is essential reading. The emphasis on practical advice makes it both relevant and readable and it will help you to be much more aware of ethical issues in day-to-day practice and how best to approach them. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good introductory text 17 July 2014
By NRCM
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This is a good book, providing an introduction to many areas of the ever expanding area of medical ethics. It is useful and practical with references to up to date research and ideas. It doesn't cover any particular area in great depth. It is more an introductory text to the different areas, expecting the reader to go on and further their knowledge through other texts. But it does a really good job of raising a basic awareness and interest different areas.

Would recommend.
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