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Ethics, Law and Medical Practice
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* What exactly constitutes informed consent?* What happens if I'm asked to give evidence in court?* What is ethically acceptable research?* What are the current requirements for medical records?No medical practitioner can afford to concentrate on medicine and ignore the ethical and legal aspects of their practice. Ethical principles lie at the core of the doctor-patient relationship, and from medical records to malpractice suits, the law has a bearing on all aspects of professional work.Ethics, Law And Medical Practice is an authoritative and comprehensive handbook for practitioners. It emphasises the importance of communication skills, maintaining professional competence and good practice management. It explains medical registration, resource allocation and the complaints system. It offers guidance on consent, court appearances, negligence claims, confidentiality, sexual misconduct, research and interprofessional relationships. It details differences in state law across Australia.Written by three experienced practitioners, Ethics, Law And Medical Practice is an essential reference for professionals and students.Kerry J Breen is a Consultant Physician and is currently President of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria and on the Executive of the Australia Medical Council. Vernon D Plueckhahn is a Consultant Forensic Pathologist and Honorary Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University. Stephen M Cordner is Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Victorian Centre for Medical Law.'This is an excellent book which is lucid and authoritative; it touches on those important aspects of a doctor's working life which lie beyond the confines of clinical expertise.' Richard Smallwood, Chairman, National Health and Medical Research Council'This broad restatement of principles and analysis of issues in medical practice will become essential reading for practitioners, teachers and students.' Professor David Penington AC'This is the best Australian resource available to those whose work is influenced directly or indirectly by ethical and medico-legal issues.' R S Kalucy, Professor of Psychiatry, Flinders Medical Centre
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Foreword (by the Hon Justice Kirby AC CMG)PrefaceAcknowledgementsList of FiguresPART A: THE DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP1 Introduction to ethical principles in medicine2 Communication skills3 Consent and informed decision making4 Confidentiality and disclosure5 Medical records, reports and certificates6 Professional liability and negligencePART B: THE DOCTOR AND THE COMMUNITY7 Medical registration and discipline8 Health care complaints system9 The doctor and sexual boundaries10 Personal health of the doctor11 Allocation of health care resourcesPART C: THE DOCTOR AND MEDICAL PRACTICE12 The Australian health care system13 Maintenance of professional competence14 The doctor and interprofessional relationships15 Entering practice and practice management16 Research in clinical practice1

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Dr Kerry Breen is Chairman of Division of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and President of the Medical Practitioners' Board of Victoria; Professor Vernon Plueckhahn is Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and past president of the AMA (Victorian branch); Professor Stephen Cordner is Foundation Professor of Forensic Medicine at Monash University and Director of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine.

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