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Question 1.    Question :    Which of the following is a situation in which the goal of law is not accurately portrayed?

              A woman takes her husband to court to obtain a divorce

              An individual sues his neighbor over a property line.

              A man slashes his neighbor’s tires over a dispute.

              A child is taken from her neglectful mother and placed in foster care by the state.


Question 2.    Question :    The foundation of the law of the land is:

          State constitutions

              Municipal laws

              District court decisions

              The Constitution of the United States


Question 3.    Question :    Which of the following is not a result of the impact of the Bill of Rights on the health-care system?

              Patient privacy

              Computerized patient records

               Patient’s denying of health care because of religious beliefs

              Confidentiality of patient lab results


Question 4.    Question :    Which branch of government developed the source of law that implemented the Medicaid and Medicare amendments to the Social Security Act of 1965?

              Legislative branch

              Judicial branch

              Executive branch

              Municipal branch


Question 5.    Question :    Which of the following is not an agency that can enact rules that become administrative law?

              Occupational Safety and Health Administration

              American Bar Association

              Department of Health and Human Services

              Environmental Protection Agency


Question 6.    Question :    Which of the following would not be considered a tort?

              Medical malpractice

              False imprisonment


               Theft of narcotics


Question 7.    Question :    Which type of tort has at its essence the relationship to or ownership of the thing that causes harm?

     :         Intentional torts

              Quasi-intentional torts

               Strict liability



Question 8.    Question :    Which of the following is not among the major intentional torts?




              False imprisonment


Question 9.    Question :    Placing a person in immediate fear or apprehension of a harmful touching without his or her consent is:

     Student Answer:         Assault





Question 10.    Question :    During which of the following surgeries would it be reasonable for a physician to remove the organ mentioned without specific consent?

          The physician removes an ovary that contains several cysts instead of removing the cysts alone.
              The physician finds an unexpected blood clot and removes it during heart surgery.
              The physician removes a uterus that is full of fibroid tumors.

              The physician notices a sebaceous cyst when removing suspicious moles from the surface of the skin and removes the cyst at the same time.


Question 11.    Question :    Which of the following statements regarding individual liability insurance policies is correct?

          A personal liability policy is not necessary if the health-care professional is employed in any capacity at a health-care facility, because the facility’s policy will cover his or her actions.
              A person who does not own any property does not have anything to protect and therefore does not need a liability policy.
              Independent contractors may require individual liability coverage even though he or she may be covered under a health-care facility’s policy.
              An independent contractor would not be sued and therefore does not need liability coverage.


Question 12.    Question :    The prime objective of obtaining liability coverage is to:

     Student Answer:         Avoid patient malpractice lawsuits.

              Protect assets in the event of a settlement in the claimant’s favor.
              Avoid paying malpractice claims.

              Provide protection against high legal costs.


Question 13.    Question :    Which of the following individuals is probably an independent contractor?

          A private nurse who sits with a patient just moved from intensive care
              A registered nurse who works a weekend double shift only

              A laboratory employee who works inside a hospital but is employed by an independent lab
              A physician who visits his or her patients during rounds in a hospital

Question 14.    Question :    Most physicians’ offices carry a liability policy. Which of these individuals would not be covered under the policy?

     Student Answer:         Physician

              Medical assistant




Question 15.    Question :    A claim on a liability policy might result from:

          Sexual assault by a physician in the course of a patient’s visit

              Dispensing the wrong medication to a patient

               Errors made during surgery

              All of the above


Question 16.    Question :    Of the following scenarios, which h would probably be considered battery?

     Student Answer:         A physician removes the wrong organ after obtaining written consent.
              A patient decides she does not want surgery after signing consent, and the physician tries to persuade her to have it.
              A physician has a signed consent to remove a patient’s ovaries but not her uterus; then the physician removes the uterus during the course of surgery.
              A physician has a signed consent and performs the correct surgery.

Question 17.    Question :    Which of the following scenarios is not in line with the foundation of informed consent doctrine?

          A 63-year-old woman signs consent for her abdominal surgery

              A 34-year-old woman signs consent for a tonsillectomy to be performed on her 6-year-old son.
              An unconscious emergency-room patient is taken to surgery without signed consent.
              A husband insists on signing a consent form for his seemingly competent wife.

Question 18.    Question :    Dr. Sims is explaining the consent form to Ms. Barber, who will undergo surgery next week. Which of the following statements does not fulfill an informed consent disclosure requirement?

     Student Answer:         “We are performing this surgery to remove the cysts from your ovaries.”
              “The cysts may be substantial enough that the entire ovary may need to be removed.”
              “You will be in the hospital for a few hours after recovery and then you can go home if you are feeling well.”
              “If you do not have the surgery, you will most likely continue to have severe pain.”


Question 19.    Question :    In which case has informed consent not been obtained correctly?

     Student Answer:         The physician explains the procedures and offers the consent form for the patient’s signature.
              The physician allows a medical assistant to explain the consent form, including risks and benefits, and the assistant offers the consent form for the patient’s signature.
              The physician explains the procedures to the patient, asks for questions, and leaves the room as the medical assistant offers the consent form for the patient’s signature.
              All of the above methods are correct.


Question 20.    Question :    Consent is implied in all of the following situations except:

     :         An emergency patient who is barely conscious and without family nods “yes” when the physician says he needs emergency surgery.
              A patient in the physician’s office for blood tests arrives for the appointment and extends his arm for blood to be drawn.
              A non-English-speaking patient cooperates with the physician and lies down on the table, prompted by the physician’s gestures, for an examination.
              An unconscious emergency patient is taken to surgery without any consent.


Question 21.    Question :    The principle of autonomy prohibits a health care provider from treating a patient without the informed consent of the patient or the patient’s surrogate, except in narrowly defined emergencies. In helping the competent patient or surrogate in deciding on health care alternatives the health care provider, and particularly the physician must:

     Student Answer:        

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