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Health Professionals and Trust

The Cure for Healthcare Law and Policy, 1st Edition

By Mark Henaghan


148 pages

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An ever increasing number of codes of conduct, disciplinary bodies, ethics committees and bureaucratic policies now prescribe how health professionals and health researchers relate to their patients. In this book, Mark Henaghan argues that the result of this trend towards heightened regulation has been to undermine the traditional dynamic of trust in health professionals and to diminish reliance upon their professional judgement, whilst simultaneously failing to trust patients to make decisions about their own care. 

This book examines the issue of health professionals and trust comparatively in a number of countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The book draws upon historical analysis of legislation, case law, disciplinary proceedings reports, articles in medical and law journals and protocols produced by management teams in hospitals, to illustrate the ways in which there has been a discernable shift away from trust in healthcare professionals. Henaghan argues that this erosion of trust has the potential to dehumanise the unique relationship that has traditionally existed between healthcare professionals and their patients, thereby running the risk of turning healthcare into a mechanistic enterprise controlled by a ‘management processes' rather than a humanistic relationship governed by trust and judgement. 

This book is an invaluable resource for students and scholars of medical law and medical sociology, public policy-makers and a range of associated professionals, from health service managers to medical science and clinical researchers.


"If you are going to read one book on health care policy in the next year, this is it."--New York Journal of Books

Table of Contents

1. Healthy Healthcare Law Depends on Trust 2. What is Trust? 3. The Emergency Situation - A Premium on Trust 4. Complaints Processes - A Chance to Build Trust 5. What Happens When Trust Breaks Down? 6. Trust, Emerging Technologies and Indigenous Peoples 7. Building Trust into the Healthcare System

About the Author

Mark Henaghan is Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He specializes in Family Law and is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

About the Series

Biomedical Law and Ethics Library

Scientific and clinical advances, social and political developments and the impact of healthcare on our lives raise profound ethical and legal questions. Medical law and ethics have become central to our understanding of these problems, and are important tools for the analysis and resolution of problems – real or imagined.

In this series, scholars at the forefront of biomedical law and ethics will contribute to the debates in this area, with accessible, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial ideas. Each book in the series will develop an independent hypothesis and argue cogently for a particular position. One of the major contributions of this series is the extent to which both law and ethics are utilised in the content of the books, and the shape of the series itself.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
LAW / General
LAW / Health
MEDICAL / Allied Health Services / General
MEDICAL / Health Policy
MEDICAL / Public Health