Legal and Forensic Medicine in Geriatrics
The legal issues that intersect with medical practice in geriatric medicine are many. Areas such as the assessment of capacity, the treatment and care of patients who are unable to consent or refuse, dealing with possible elder abuse and interfacing with courts or tribunals when required to provide medicolegal reports or to give evidence are just a few.
This chapter illustrates the complex issues faced in the everyday practice of geriatric medicine. A human rights framework and its importance in providing assistance in resolving issues for clinicians, and new challenges to consider, are highlighted. Common legal issues confronting clinicians such as capacity, end-of-life care, and advance care directives are discussed.
KeywordsMedical Practitioner Geriatric Medicine Secure Environment Alternative Decision Maker Good Medical Practice
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