This practice-based textbook explores the ethical, legal and professional issues that characterise the field of healthcare. From seeking consent to upholding patient confidentiality, it examines a broad range of professional dilemmas from everyday practice. Detailed scenarios and engaging discussions help the reader understand how best to balance ethics, the law and professional codes of conduct in order to provide the best standards of care.
Whether studying on an undergraduate nursing, midwifery or healthcare related programme or an experienced practitioner, this is essential resource for people working in healthcare looking to develop an ethically, legally and professionally sound approach to practice.
ANN GALLAGHER Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, Kingston University and St George's University of London, UK. She is a member of several clinical and research ethics committees and of the editorial and advisory boards of Nursing Ethics and Ethics and Social Welfare. Her research and publications are in the field of applied and professional ethics. SUE HODGE Lecturer in Law at the University of Surrey, UK.
Introduction; A.Gallagher& S.Hodge.- Accountability; S.Ryle.- Informed Consent: Adults with Capacity; K.Acott & S.Searby.- Consent When Capacity is Compromised; A.Gallagher, S.Hodge& N.Pansari.- Truth Telling; A.Arber& C.Wade.- Confidentiality; P.Colliety& K.Horton.- Justice and Fairness; H.Allan.- Responding to Unprofessional Practice; A.Brown.- Promoting Professional Healthcare Practice; J.Leng& D.Macartney.- Conclusion; A.Gallagher& S.Hodge