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Lessons Learned

Risk Management Issues in Genetic Counseling

Authors: Schmerler, Susan

  • Author has expertise in both genetic counseling and law, having served as an expert witness in numerous malpractice cases brought against genetic counselors
  • Only book specifically addressing legal aspects of genetic counseling, as opposed to general healthcare risk management
  • Includes summaries for convenient reference, important court cases, and an appendix of relevant documents and resources
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About this book

Lessons Learned

Risk Management Issues in Genetic Counseling

Susan Schmerler, Children’s Hospital of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson,

New Jersey

Malpractice suits are filed every day. Even the most experienced practitioners are not immune to potentially career-ending malpractice charges. With so much at stake, how do you avoid lawsuits and protect yourself against legal action? Susan Schmerler, a lawyer and expert witness, as well as a respected genetic counselor for more than 30 years, will help you survive and thrive in today’s litigious society.

The only book devoted exclusively to this specialty, Lessons Learned details the risk management issues involved in genetic counseling practice, and offers solid strategies for minimizing the risk of costly, career-damaging malpractice suits. Schmerler clearly identifies areas of practitioner liability and demonstrates how they may be averted, so counselors can better manage their practice while lowering the risk of legal action. Examples drawn from relevant court cases illustrate typical issues in malpractice, negligence, and breach of contract suits. With this in-depth knowledge, readers can refine their goals toward increased self-protection as well as client care.

Included in the coverage:

  • Sources of liability in genetic counseling practice.
  • Case examples involving wrongful birth/life, confidentiality, billing, supervision issues.
  • Anatomy of a malpractice suit—obligations, duties, standards, defense.
  • Proper documentation.
  • Guidelines for professional response to lawsuits.
  • Plus helpful summaries, charts, tables, graphics, and online research ideas.

This is must reading for genetic counselors and trainees. But the lessons of Lessons Learned extend far beyond the field, making the book a significant resource for health care risk managers and administrators, attorneys, marriage and family counselors, and other professionals in psychology and public health.

About the authors

Susan Schmerler is a genetic counselor and supervisor in the Section of Genetics at the Children’s Hospital of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, New Jersey. Her academic post is as Associate in Pediatrics at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School. She is on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors, where she serves as Chair of the Education Committee. From 1999 through 2003, she was the Chair of the Credentials Committee of the American board of Genetic Counseling.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Schmerler, a genetic counselor with a law degree in risk management, has written a clear, thorough guide to the bracing reality of legal issues for genetic counselors. Sources of liability are broken down into the different types of legal complaints, legal initiatives, private practice issues, technology, research, and trainees. … Appendices round out the volume with definitions of genetic counseling from 1975 and 2006, scope of practice, the code of ethics, a bibliography, and glossary." (www.booknews.com, April, 2008)

"Susan Schmerler has developed an invaluable resource for genetic counselors at all levels of experience. ...  The book is well referenced and is written in a very clear, understandable language, with minimal use of “legalese” ... [and] is a must read for genetic counselors and genetic counseling students." (Nancy Callanan, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, MS Genetic Counseling Program, J Genet Counsel. 2008)

 


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 3-5

    Schmerler, Susan, M.S., J.D.

  • Sources of Liability

    Pages 7-31

    Schmerler, Susan, M.S., J.D.

  • Duty as an Element of a Lawsuit:

    Pages 35-48

    Schmerler, Susan, M.S., J.D.

  • Duty as an Element of a Lawsuit:

    Pages 51-57

    Schmerler, Susan, M.S., J.D.

  • Duty as an Element of a Lawsuit:

    Pages 61-86

    Schmerler, Susan, M.S., J.D.

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for Mexico (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72175-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $159.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-0-387-72174-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
price for Mexico
  • ISBN 978-1-4419-2468-1
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Lessons Learned
Book Subtitle
Risk Management Issues in Genetic Counseling
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-72175-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-72175-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-72174-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-2468-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 152
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