Guidelines are powerful instruments of assistance to clinicians capable of extending the clinical roles of nurses and pharmacists. Purchasers and managers perceive them as technological tools guaranteeing treatment quality. Guidelines also offer mechanisms by which doctors and other health care professionals can be made more accountable to their patients. But how can clinicians tell whether a guideline has authority and whether or not it should be followed? Does the law protect doctors who comply with guidelines? Are guideline developers liable for faulty advice? This timely book provides a comprehensive and accessible analysis of the many medical and legal issues arising from the current explosion of clinical guidelines. Featuring clear summaries of relevant UK US and Commonwealth case law it is vital reading for all doctors health care workers managers purchasers patients and lawyers.

part 1|24 pages

Health Disease and Care in the Community: Challenges and Dilemmas

chapter i|3 pages


ByJohn Fry

chapter ii|21 pages

Social, Environmental and Economic Determinants

ByAnthony J Hedley

part 2|22 pages

Patients and Consumers

chapter i|12 pages

Cultural Tradition and Health-Seeking Behaviour

ByRance PL Lee

chapter ii|4 pages


ByDavid Watson

chapter iii|3 pages

Traditional Views on Health and Disease in Taiwan

ByChing-Yu Chen

chapter iv|3 pages

Health Care in the Philippines: Socio-Cultural Factors

ByEdward C Tordesillas

part 3|12 pages

Provision of Health and Medical Care: Systems, Structure and Service

chapter i|5 pages

International Systems of Health Care

ByJohn Fry

chapter ii|7 pages

A Tale of Two Systems: Japan and Hong Kong

ByHideyasu Aoyama, John Fry

part 4|32 pages

Health Economics

chapter i|14 pages

Economic Aspects of Health Care

ByAnthony J Hedley

chapter ii|17 pages

Health-Care Systems and Demands

ByPeter Yuen

chapter 6|21 pages

Practice Organization and Management

ByJohn TN Chung, Ben Fong

part 7|20 pages

Data and Information Technology

chapter i|10 pages

New Technology in Primary Care: Benefits, Problems and Advice

ByMichael Kidd, Neil Carson, Reginald Crampton, Branko Cesnik, Margaret Bearman

chapter ii|9 pages

Distance Learning

ByDavid Watson

chapter 8|8 pages

Education and Training

ByWesley Fabb, Goh Lee Gan, Nat Yuen

chapter 9|21 pages

Assessment and Continuing Medical Education

ByWesley Fabb, Goh Lee Gan, Nat Yuen

part 10|24 pages


chapter i|7 pages

General Approach

ByNeil Carson, Christopher Silagy

chapter ii|5 pages

Sources and Resources

ByNeil Carson, Christopher Silagy

chapter iii|4 pages

Personal Experiences

ByDavid Watson

chapter iv|8 pages

Practical Points

ByNang Fong Chan

part 11|74 pages

Quality Assurance

chapter i|10 pages

What is Quality and Quality Assurance?

ByHong-Wen Liu

chapter ii|15 pages

Implementation, Education and Training

ByJohn Marwick, Goh Lee Gan

chapter 12|32 pages

Laws, Ethics and Standards

ByJohn Fry, So Kai-Ming, Nat Yuen

chapter 13|10 pages

The Emergence of Family Practice

ByMk Rajakumar

chapter 14|6 pages

The Past, Present and Future

ByWesley Fabb, John Fry