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Part 1 Patient Consent

bullet Lesson 1-1. Patient Consent and Disclosure
bullet Lesson 1-2. Disclosure
bullet Lesson 1-3. Exceptions to Disclosure
bullet Lesson 1-4. Decision Makers in Consent Situations

Part 2 The Patient's Right to Refuse

bullet Lesson 2-1. The Right to Refuse Treatment
bullet Lesson 2-2. Limits on the Right to Refuse

Part 3 Privacy, Confidentiality, and Medical Records

bullet Lesson 3-1. The Physical Records
bullet Lesson 3-2. Privacy and Confidentiality
bullet Lesson 3-3. Confidentiality and the Law

Part 4 Scope of Practice for the Radiographer

bullet Lesson 4-1. Technical Knowledge Required
bullet Lesson 4-2. Putting Your Knowledge Base Into Action
bullet Lesson 4-3. Duties by Skill Level
bullet Lesson 4-4. Actions for Liability for Negligence

About Law and Medical Ethics

As a practicing health care provider, it is not enough to be technically competent, although it is, admittedly, a critical component of your job. You must balance technical skill (technology) with correct professional demeanor (ethical or right behavior) and sensitivity to the patient's needs (caring).

While technical skills give you the baseline competency that you need, a knowledge of ethical and legal issues in health care enables you to make more informed health care decisions with better understanding of the basis for such actions. With conviction in your own actions, you will not only feel more confident, but you will project confidence to your patients, an essential element in health care provider-patient relationships.

Finally, knowledge of legal considerations related to health care will spare you from unwittingly committing acts that could have legal repercussions (a lawsuit) for the hospital or physician you serve and adverse consequences to your career.


The text resource for this course was originally intended for radiologists. You will soon discover, however, that the vast majority of information applies across the full spectrum of health care.
David L. Heiserman, Editor

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