Legal Issues in Health Care (Out of Print)

Publication ID Published Volume
1706 November 17, 2009 5


Legal Issues in Health Care is an on-line interactive program that includes tutorials, factsheets, and StudyMate activities designed to teach legal and ethical issues involved in the practice of medicine. The materials provide a wide choice of activities to address different learning styles. The on-line tutorials are in PowerPoint format, and they provide a quick, bare bones overview of specific topics for the busy student, resident, fellow, or practitioner. The factsheets also provide a general overview of the topics and may be printed to give the learner a tangible product to review at his or her leisure. The StudyMate activities provide numerous learning activities, such as a quiz, crossword puzzles, a challenge game, flash cards, etc., that are designed to promote learning while having fun. The multiple choice questions embedded in the program contain explanations of why the correct answer is the most appropriate choice, providing a more in-depth study for the more serious learner. Tennessee law is featured in this program, but the principles discussed are relevant in all jurisdictions.

The materials serve as a firm foundation for teaching the legal issues in health care. However, students have consistently stated that the materials are most appropriately used as a supplement to lectures and class discussions.

The StudyMate Activities were used as a "textbook" for a week-long intersession with second year medical students.

Comments from the student evaluations included: "The online activities were an effective way to learn the material.", "The online activities . . . really helped my recall and understanding of the material.", "I really enjoyed the games. It made learning the law more fun!", "The study tool was great.", "Loved the online quizzes, puzzles, matching, etc. It provided several ways to learn the same material.", "I loved the interactive games. I would come home and play for fun just to see if I could get all of them right in a row.".

The factsheets were developed to supplement a one-hour lecture series for fourth year medical students who provided positive feedback and appreciation for the handouts. The online tutorials were developed as a result of numerous requests for a quick overview of the basic legal and ethical principles that pervade the practice of medicine.

Editor’s Note
This publication is out of print as it contains expired content and/or no longer aligns with MedEdPORTAL Publications’ policies.


Schwab C. Legal issues in health care (out of print). MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2009;5:1706.

Contains time-sensitive information that will likely be inaccurate, obsolete, or irrelevant by May 28, 2011

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to identify and apply basic legal/medical issues that may arise in the care and treatment of patients.
  2. To be able to describe the legal/ethical consequences of failing to conform to accepted standards of practice.
  3. To be able to improve risk management techniques employed in their practice.
  4. To be able to minimize the potential for lawsuits and/or disciplinary actions filed against them.


  • Business, Advance Directives, Ethical Issues, Confidentiality, Consent, Privacy, Risk Management, Law, Lawsuits, Legal Issues

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