Clinical ethics and law are disciplines with overlapping concepts, yet each discipline has unique parameters and a distinct focus. For example, the ethics concept of respect for autonomy is expressed in law as individual liberty. Each of these disciplines has its forums and authority; however law may ultimately “resolve” a clinical ethics dilemma with a court order.
To better understand the relationship between ethics, law and risk management, these materials will briefly review:
- Understanding relationships: clinical ethics, law & risk management
- Orientation to law for non-lawyers
- Common clinical ethics issues
- Case studies highlighting the interplay between clinical ethics, legal & risk management issuesCase 1: Disagreement among surrogate decision-makers/patient with advance directive/end of life/futility
Case 2: Surrogate decision-maker with potential conflict of interest
Case 3: Minor patient/Jehovah’s Witness/non-treatment against medical advice