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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: 13.9 x 1.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Despite being written for doctors, this is a usefulreference for all healthcare professionals and students on theeveryday legal issues they may face in their work.  (Nursing Management, 21 August 2013)

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Develop your skills and confidence in approaching everydaymedical ethics and legal issues – from consent to capacity andconfidentiality – with this practical guide from the BMA.

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is a practical guide tothe common issues and dilemmas faced by doctors. Drawing uponenquiries to the BMA s Ethics Department, it is written underthe direction of the BMA′s Medical Ethics Committee and reviewed byleading medical ethicists and lawyers.

Chapters cover the doctor–patient relationship, consent,capacity, children and young people, confidentiality, management ofhealth records, and prescribing.

Each chapter is designed for effective learning and teachingwith 10 things you need to know about... introducingthe key points of a topic and Setting the scene explaining where the issues occur in real life and why doctors needto understand them. Real cases and summary boxes highlight the keyissues throughout the text and general principles are supplementedby explanations of how they are applied in different scenarios.

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law provides a practicalapproach to common ethical and legal issues and is a helpfulreference for busy, practising doctors and other healthprofessionals


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Thornton VINE VOICE on 23 May 2014
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman VINE VOICE on 8 July 2014
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You are presented with patient with a new set of bad bruising - who has a habit of bumping into things. However, they won't let you tell the police about that or the fact that her child exhibits similar injuries? - What should you do?

So what's the best way to handle the situation?

Everyday Medical Ethics and Law is designed to give practical advice on everyday ethical quandaries that are garnered from a more salient selection information originating from the BMA's more wide-ranging ethics handbook and real life case files. This information is then distilled into a comprehensive and portable reference guide in paperback format.

It summarises good practice standards, legal principles and advice from professional organisations on areas such as the clinician-patient relationship, the need for informed consent, capacity, confidentiality and the management/accessibility of health records. At the beginning of each chapter - there is the setting out of 10 'need to know' points per topic. Then there is the demarcation of the circumstances in which it might crop up in real life and why clinicians need to appreciate them. This then is a very useful guide, which may not cover every eventuality - but should put the reader on the right track to find it.
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By Dr. Peter Davies TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2014
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The BMA's Ethics Department has done helpful work for many years. In this book it has produced a helpful guide to current medical ethics. It covers easily recognisable and important clinical scenarios, and illustrates them with actual cases. It draws the distinction between law (enforceable obligations) and ethics (what should reasonably be done) well. There are big concepts like "health" and "justice" and then there are everyday bits of work involving decisions that can be challenged. This book is very much about every day clinical decision making, and particularly about supporting patients to exercise their autonomy as fully as possible. The sections on how to manage patients who lack capacity is very good- describing what the considerations are- and what fair ways of proceeding are.

I think one thing this book does bring out is that a challenge does not necessarily mean a decision is wrong- just that it could have been made differently- or viewed from another angle. For doctors keeping some evidence that you have considered these possibilities in a scenario like this is advisable, and can head off many challenges.

Ethics is fundamentally about having respect for others- and helping them to reach their own decision- without either overselling the benefits or risks of treatment. The costs of inaction also need to be considered.

This book recognises that medicine at times can happen quickly- and that sometimes decisions need to be made before all the information can be gathered or considered. It also shows how to slow down processes and responses when more information does need to be gathered- for example in information governance the need to be clear about what information is really being sought before responding to requests for information.
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