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Different Ways to Understand Patient-Centered Health Law

5 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2010  

Lois L. Shepherd

University of Virginia Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities; University of Virginia School of Law

Abstract

While “patient-centeredness” is currently a popular aspiration for medical practice, it is far from clear what the notion might mean for law, as in the idea of “patient-centered health law.” This short essay considers a set of seven choices that should be considered to lend precision and coherence to the idea of “patient-centeredness” so that the concept might be useful for guiding actual decisions in law and policy. The essay was written in anticipation of a conference on "Patient-Centered Health Law and Ethics," held at Wake Forest Law School on April 15-16, 2010, organized by Professors Mark Hall and Lois Shepherd.

Keywords: Health Law, Patient-Centered, Patient Autonomy, Health Care Consumer, Patient, Reasonable Patient, Family-Centered, Relational, Centering

Suggested Citation

Shepherd, Lois L., Different Ways to Understand Patient-Centered Health Law. Wake Forest Law Review, Forthcoming; Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2010-35. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1697658

Lois L. Shepherd (Contact Author)

University of Virginia Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities ( email )

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Charlottesville, VA 22901
United States
434-982-3970 (Phone)

University of Virginia School of Law

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Charlottesville, VA 22903
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