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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.

Module Description

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

Module Goals

1.  Discuss the basis for ethical conduct.
2.  Identify the ethical dimensions of problems, issues and dilemmas faced by individuals in rehabilitation.
3.  Recognize the fiduciary role of clinicians to their patients.
4.  Explain the modern blending of law and professional ethics.
5.  List the biomedical ethical principles.
6.  Define beneficence.
7.  Differentiate between justice and autonomy.
8.  Demonstrate knowledge in patient rights.
9.  Discuss the ethical duty to obtain patient informed consent.
10.  Define and discuss gag clauses.
11.  Identify ethical concerns related to treatment of patients with HIV or AIDS.
12.  List the disclosure elements that must normally be imparted to patients.
13.  Identify the two principle exceptions to the requirement to obtain patient informed consent.