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Introduction to Health  Professions Legal and Ethical Principles  in Health Care
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Professional  Codes of Conduct Health care professionals make legal  and ethical decision(s) every day. Ethical and legal responsibilities are a  central part of being a health care  professional.
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Definitions Morals - system of principles and  judgments based on cultural, religious,  and philosophical concepts and  beliefs, by which humans determine  whether given actions are right or  wrong Ethics – set of principles of right  conduct; a theory or a system of moral  values
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Definitions Code of Ethics – set of principles of right  conduct as determined by a specific  profession Most health care professions have their  own Code of Ethics Breach of the Code of Ethics may result in  the  loss of professional certification
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Definitions Criminal law – concerned with protection of  the public or society at large; judgment  usually involves incarceration Civil law – concerned with protection of  individual rights; judgment usually involves  compensation Tort – civil wrong Most health care law suits are civil in nature
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Definitions Respondeat superior  – legal  doctrine meaning “the employer is  responsible for the actions of the  employee”
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Definitions Defamation of character libel  – in written form slander
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