In the 10 years since the last edition of this leading work, the Supreme Court of Canada has made significant decisions in the areas of medically assisted death; withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment; causation; and the right of children to refuse treatment.
Significant developments have also impacted the capacity to consent; the concept of implied consent; informed consent and disclosure of adverse events; invasion of privacy and health care records; the standard of care applied to residents; conscientious objection and the duty to refer; and the necessity and requirements of expert evidence in malpractice cases. Meanwhile the field grapples with issues such as rising costs and the obstacles to obtaining compensation.
For years, practitioners have relied on Legal Liability of Doctors and Hospitals in Canada to develop an in-depth understanding of the law pertaining to the civil liabilities of physicians, hospitals, and health care professionals. In the new edition, the authors illuminate the developments confronting many of the medical community’s long-held beliefs and practices – and how they affect your clients.
Their expert, probing commentary reveals the challenges and opportunities in this rapidly evolving area. Enrich and solidify your research with a detailed examination of the law, including citations of all important case law and legislation relevant to every topic addressed in the book.
New in this edition
The long-awaited Fifth edition of this Canadian classic addresses such important issues as physician-assisted death for terminally ill patients – with a heavily revised and updated chapter on the topic, including an exploration in light of Quebec’s recent legislation and the controversy surrounding Bill C-14.