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RUNNING HEADER: ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONCEPTS IN HEALTHCARE1Ethical & Legal Concepts in HealthcareBethany E. LoseHCA340: Managing in Health & Human ServicesProfessor Elizabeth Pepmiller14 January 2019
ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONCEPTS IN HEALTHCARE2IntroductionSince the beginning of medicine as we know it, healthcare organizations have always been attempting to not only improve the quality of care that patients receive, but also minimizingand preventing ethical and legal issues from arising. “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) defines quality improvement efforts as systematic and continuous actions that lead to measurable improvement in healthcare services and the health status of targeted patient groups.” (Berger, 2015) One of the most notable changes in healthcare today revolves around patients and their growing involvement in the care that they receive. In fact, they are so engaged and informed that most people in the healthcare industry are starting to refer to them as consumers. It is this transformation that has led to patients demanding and expecting high quality, and effective care. When patients make an appointment with their primary care provider or other healthcare professional, they assume and hope that these medical experts are not only at the top of their game in terms of care but also aware and up to date with current laws and ethical concerns. Ethics in HealthcareEthics has been a longstanding element in the healthcare industry. It is not only a way to control the behavior of doctors and medical professionals, but a way to show their commitment to act with integrity. “When patients seek medical care, they are not entering an ordinary social relationship; they often feel vulnerable but need to expose and share intimate and important aspects of their lives.” (Limentani, 1999) Ethical competence or the ethical codes of conduct offer protection in the doctor-patient relationship, often making patients feel at ease and more comfortable sharing their most intimate secrets. According to Kulju, the concept of ethical
ETHICAL AND LEGAL CONCEPTS IN HEALTHCARE3competence in the healthcare industry is essential as it pertains to better quality of care for patients and doctors equally. (2016) Five Ethical PrinciplesThere are five ethical principles in the healthcare industry that are used to guide decision making: patient self-determination, fiduciary duty, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. (Baack & Fischer, 2013) 1.Patient Self-Determination- patients have the right to make their own decisions regarding their care.a.This principle is respected by all involved when providers and medical professionals inform patients of their rights regarding their own care. b.Each and every patient is responsible for their own healthcare.
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