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Geriatrics and the Law

Geriatrics and the Law

SKU# 9780826145338

Understanding Patient Rights and Professional Responsibilities, Third Edition

Author: Marshall B. Kapp JD, MPH


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"The updated Third Edition of Geriatrics and the Law by the leading scholar in law and old age belongs on the desk of every hospital and long-term care administrator, Director of Nursing, and Medical Director. It is the most comprehensive volume available on the topic. The book provides clearly written legal and ethical principles and their implications and applications."--Elias S. Cohen, JD, Executive Director, Community Services Systems, Inc.

Significant changes in the law are affecting patients' rights and professionals' responsibilities in providing clinical services to the elderly. This edition of Kapp's successful text continues to inform and sensitize health care professionals about the legal issues, and offers practical advice and guidance to practitioners in a variety of disciplines.

The text has been thoroughly updated and, where appropriate, expanded. Topics woven into each chapter include: implications of the relevant statutes, regulations, judicial opinions, private guidelines, and discussion of new laws. This practical book is a valuable and useful resource for practitioners, health care students, and educators. It contains extensive references and a helpful Appendix of Resources.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 01, 2004
  • Page Count 328
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826145338
  • EISBN 9780826145291

Table of Contents 

    Preface to the Third Edition
  1. Introduction: Demography and Epidemiology of Aging
  2. Introduction to Law and the Legal System
  3. Informed Consent and Truth Telling
  4. Medical Record Keeping: Documentation, Patient Access, and Confidentiality
  5. Financing Health Care for Older Persons
  6. Disability Programs and Protections for Older Persons
  7. Elder Abuse and Neglect
  8. Involuntary Commitment, Guardianship, Protective Services, Representative Payees, and Powers of Attorney
  9. Medicolegal Problems in Caring for Nursing Home Residents
  10. Legal Considerations in Home Health Care
  11. Medicolegal Issues at the End of Life
  12. Research with Older Human Subjects
  13. Legal Services to Older Persons: Physician/Attorney Cooperation

  14. Appendix