This module introduces students to Medical Law. The module equips students with skills and knowledge in the area of Medical Law. Medical Law is a fascinating area that deals with some of the most contested and controversial issues of our time; assisted dying, abortion, and embryo research etc. New technologies such as stem cell research, face transplants and pre-implantation genetic testing have attracted considerable media and public interest. To study medical law at this level, it is essential to also consider the ethical issues which under pin questions about how we should regulate controversial medical practices.
This course requires students to use sophisticated analytical skills in evaluating complex legal and ethical dilemmas and to challenge their own and others’ received wisdom while becoming aware of the importance of providing defensible reasons for their views.
The objectives of the module are to:
At the end of this module you should be able to:
UNIT 1 – INTRODUCTION TO LAW, ZAMBIAN LEGAL SYSTEM & MEDICAL ETHICS
UNIT 2 –BASIC CONCEPTS IN MEDICAL LAW
UNIT 3 – THE ACCESS TO TREATMENT AND MALPRACTICE LITIGATION
UNIT 4 –LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN MEDICL PRACTICE
UNIT 5 – LEGAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN REPRODUCTION
B. Richards and J.Louise. (2014). Medical Law and Ethics: A Problem-Based Approach. LexisNexis Butterworths
Barstow C, Shahan B, Roberts M. (2018). Evaluating Medical Decision-Making Capacity in Practice.. Am Fam Physician.
Siegel AM, Barnwell AS, Sisti DA. (2014) Assessing Decision-Making Capacity: A Primer for the Development of Hospital Practice Guidelines. HEC Forum.