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Michael Freeman and Andrew Lewis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.001.0001

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Clinical Guidelines, Negligence and Medical Practice

Clinical Guidelines, Negligence and Medical Practice

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(p.67) Clinical Guidelines, Negligence and Medical Practice
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Law and Medicine
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Harvey Teff

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.003.0004

One of the more prominent features of modern governance is its increasing reliance on guidelines. Sometimes they acquire such an aura of authority that they are assumed to be part of the general law. This misperception is not uncommon among health-care personnel; it is likely to become more widespread as a result of new arrangements for ‘clinical governance’ in the NHS, as further extended and reinforced by the Health Act 1999. This chapter discusses the limits to implementation of guidelines, the legal status of guidelines, and the impact on medical practice and the doctor-patient relationship.

Keywords:   clinical governance, medical profession, medical guidelines, doctor-patient relationship

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