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  1. Introduction

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:

  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding relationships: clinical ethics, law & risk management
    1. Definitions and  sources of authority
    2.  Conceptual models
  3.      Orientation to law for non-lawyers
    1. Potential legal actions against health care providers
    2. The litigation process: a brief summary
    3.  How and where to find the law on a particular topic
  4. Common clinical ethics issues
    1. Surrogate decision-making
    2. Advance directives
    3. Provider-Patient communications
  5. 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

read more @ https://depts.washington.edu/bioethx/topics/law.html