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This course utilizes content from the textbook “Promoting Legal and Ethical Awareness” by Ron Scott, PT, JD, EdD, LLM © 2009, published by Elsevier.
Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate
This course covers the legal and ethical issues involved with patient care, providing you a framework for making important health-related decisions on patient care.  It includes the latest information on HIPPA, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), and ADA (the Americans with Disabilities Act); discussing methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Included throughout this text you will find coverage of health care malpractice issues including potential problems and how to prevent claims; case examples showing how legal ideas and concepts apply to practice setting guidelines for end of life care including do-not-resuscitate, life-and-death decision-making, and informed consent.  Also discussed are the ethical foundations and the bases for ethical conduct as well as professional practice issues.

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Texas Ethics and Jurisprudence

Course Outline:

Ethical Foundations
·         Bases for Ethical Conduct
o   Morals
o   Ethics
·         Health Care Professional, Business, and Organizational Ethics Defined and Distinguished
·         Purposes of Professional Code of Ethics
·         Enforcement of Ethics Code
o   Due Process and Judicial Oversight of Health Care Professional Associations
o   The Modern Blending of Law and Professional Ethics
o   Legal and Ethical Health Care four-Quadrant Clinical practice Grid ‘Situational’ Ethics
·         Biomedical Ethical Principles
o   Beneficence
o   Nonmaleficence
o   Justice
o   Autonomy
·         Patient Autonomy: The Concept of Self-Determination
·         The Systems Approach to Health Care Professional Ethical Decision Making
·         Ethics in Focus
o   Ethical Duty to Obtain Patient Informed Consent
o   Legal Aspects of Patient Informed Consent
·         Life and Death Decision Making
o   Euthanasia
o   Do Not Resuscitate Orders
o   Is there a “Constitutional Right to Die”?
o   Cloning
·         Nondiscrimination in Health Care Delivery
·         Professional Practice Issues