A working understanding of medical ethics is becoming ever more important to all practising doctors. There are many ethical issues which present often unexpectedly to healthcare professionals which can seem impossible to resolve. This is an introductory text for everyday general practice. Key issues and relevant legal aspects are illustrated with examples and case histories and the book is structured so particular topics can be found with ease. For added benefit chapters have pointers for further reflection and analysis references to journal articles and useful reading lists. The book can be used as a resource for group discussion or by individual general practitioners including GP registrars and their trainers.

    Introduction. Why does rehabilitation for work matter? Detecting and dealing with the barriers for return to work. Primary care and rehabilitation for work. A lay adviser in occupational health’s perspective. Assessment of fitness for work in practice. Who else is involved, what do they do, and how you can engage them? Specific causes of absence — case discussions. The UK social security system and rehabilitation. The legal framework.


    Consultant Occupational Health Physician, University Hospital Aintree