Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and Law by Kerry J. BreenGood Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and Law by Kerry J. Breen

Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and Law

byKerry J. Breen, Stephen M. Cordner, Colin J. H. Thomson

Paperback | February 26, 2010

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Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and Law brings together information that is central to the professional, ethical and legal requirements of being a doctor. It covers a core curriculum for medical students, doctors in training and international medical graduates preparing for the Australian Medical Council examinations. A useful guide for busy doctors, giving sound advice for issues that arise in practice, ensuring that all approaches meet professional standards. Effective and compassionate practice depends equally upon good communication skills, an empathetic attitude, truthfulness, self-reflection and an awareness of the responsibilities arising under relevant laws. Good Medical Practice encapsulates these attributes and includes practice management, inter-professional relationships, sexual misconduct, complaints processes, the Australian health care system and doctors' health within its broad and comprehensive purview. Written by specialist practitioners with vast teaching experience, this is a unique, timely and accessible text that reinforces a contemporary focus on professionalism in medical practice.
Title:Good Medical Practice: Professionalism, Ethics and LawFormat:PaperbackDimensions:462 pages, 9.45 × 6.5 × 0.98 inPublished:February 26, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521183413

ISBN - 13:9780521183413


Table of Contents

1. Ethical principles for the medical profession; 2. Ethical and legal responsibilities of medical students; 3. Communication skills; 4. Consent and informed decision making; 5. Confidentiality, privacy and disclosure; 6. Medical records, reports and certificates; 7. Negligence, professional liability and adverse events; 8. The regulation of the medical profession; 9. Health care complaints systems; 10. The doctor and sexual boundaries; 11. Personal health of the doctor: illness and impairment; 12. Maintenance of professional competence; 13. Ethics and the allocation of health care resources; 14. The Australian health care system; 15. The doctor and interprofessional relationships; 16. Entering and leaving practice and practice management; 17. Clinical research; 18. Prescribing and administering drugs; 19. Diagnosing and certifying death and the role of the coroner; 20. Births, reproductive technology, family law and child protection; 21. Termination of pregnancy and related issues; 22. Withholding or withdrawing treatment in the seriously or terminally ill; 23. The law and the mentally ill; 24. The law and courts of law in Australia; 25. Medico-legal examinations and reports, court procedures and expert evidence; 26. Other legislation relevant to medical practice.

Editorial Reviews

'This book has been written by specialist practitioners representing both the medical and legal profession[s]. It covers the core curriculum for medical students and doctors - both training and qualified working within the Australian Medical Council. There is a comprehensive table of case law pertaining to each of the Australian states and these are used in the main text to illustrate decisions taken and the rationale behind such decisions. This book is a must for anyone going to practice in Australia.' Eleanor Freeman, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead