Physicians' resistance to implementing innovative medical procedures due to a perceived risk of liability can adversely affect the public's health. This resistance prevents public access to procedures that could better treat communicable or chronic diseases. Innovative procedures, for the purpose of this article, are medical practices that require physicians to modify current clinical approaches to treating or diagnosing a patient's condition and incorporate: (1) newly developed tests, treatments, drugs or devices, (e.g., genetic screening to identify drug sensitivities to reduce adverse drug reactions); or (2) novel methods not commonly used by a majority of physicians, (e.g., partner delivered therapy to treat an intimate partner for a communicable disease or advanced prescription of naloxone to patients prone to an opioid overdose). Innovative procedures do not include treatments provided during clinical research or those beyond a physician's scope of practice.
- 1 Lawyers, Guns, and Money
- 2 Making the Case for Laws that Improve Health
- 3 What Gets Measured, Gets Changed
- 4 Health in All Policies
- 5 The Potential of Shared Decision Making to Reduce Health Disparities
- 6 Environmental Public Health Law
- 7 State Boards of Health
- 8 Policy Issues in American Indian Health Governance
- 9 Global Public Health Legal Responses to H1N1
- 10 Public Health Preparedness Laws and Policies
- 11 Protecting the Mental Health of First Responders
- 12 Five Legal Preparedness Challenges for Responding to Future Public Health Emergencies
- 13 Implementing Health Reform at the State Level
- 14 Rhetorical Federalism
- 15 Meaningful Use and Certification of Health Information Technology
- 16 Right to Health Litigation and HIV/AIDS Policy
- 17 The Role of Federal Preemption in Injury Prevention Litigation
- 18 Regulating Food Retail for Obesity Prevention
- 19 Pursuing Health Equity
- 20 The Michigan BioTrust for Health
- 21 Becoming the Standard
- 22 Smoking in Movies and Television
- 23 Clearing the Air
- 24 Social Norms and Attitudes About Smoking
- 25 More than a Decade of Helping Smokers Quit
- 26 The Impact of Tax and Smoke-Free Air Policy Changes
- 27 RWJF's Tobacco Work
- 28 Major Tobacco-Related Events in the United States
- 29 Surgeon General's Reports on Tobacco
- 30 The Way We Were
- 31 Tobacco-Control Work, 1991-2010
- 32 IMPACT
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