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  • Author(s) Harvey Teff
  • SubtitleLegal Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship
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  • Published29th December 1994
  • PublisherOxford University Press UK
  • ISBN9780198255789

Legal Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Though more and more medical disputes are reaching the courts, English law still essentially allows doctors to set their own standards. Criticism of this stance, as of medical paternalism itself, centres on the denials of patients' rights. But the interest that patients have in their well-being should not be expressed exclusively through the assertion of rights. Unqualified self-determination and the moves towards contractualism in the restructured NHS may be
detrimental to patient welfare. A collaborative apprach to medical care can offer distinctive therapeutic advantages as well as due respect for patient autonomy. Increasingly, patients wish to be involved in
decisions about their treatment. In the key legal area of liability for negligence it would be consistent with legal principle, and with developments in other jurisdictions, to accord less weight to customary practice and more to patients' reasonable expectations.This book offers a sustained treatment of these issues, primarily as they arise in the hospital setting, but looking too at a range of therapies in different contexts. As such it provides a unique analysis of the
central areas of medical law written in a fashion that will be appealing to anyone with an interest in medicine, health care and the law.

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  • Author(s) Harvey Teff
  • SubtitleLegal Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • Edition
  • Published29th December 1994
  • PublisherOxford University Press UK
  • ISBN9780198255789

Legal Perspectives on the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Though more and more medical disputes are reaching the courts, English law still essentially allows doctors to set their own standards. Criticism of this stance, as of medical paternalism itself, centres on the denials of patients' rights. But the interest that patients have in their well-being should not be expressed exclusively through the assertion of rights. Unqualified self-determination and the moves towards contractualism in the restructured NHS may be
detrimental to patient welfare. A collaborative apprach to medical care can offer distinctive therapeutic advantages as well as due respect for patient autonomy. Increasingly, patients wish to be involved in
decisions about their treatment. In the key legal area of liability for negligence it would be consistent with legal principle, and with developments in other jurisdictions, to accord less weight to customary practice and more to patients' reasonable expectations.This book offers a sustained treatment of these issues, primarily as they arise in the hospital setting, but looking too at a range of therapies in different contexts. As such it provides a unique analysis of the
central areas of medical law written in a fashion that will be appealing to anyone with an interest in medicine, health care and the law.
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