Healthcare Quality Policy and Law


HealthcareQuality Policy and Law


Nationalstandard of care: Meaning from a health care quality and legalperspective

Nationalstandards of care mean the ‘professional rules’ that guidesmedical practitioners in their work from a health care perspective.Medical practitioners are supposed to conduct their professionalduties through upholding exemplary standards of conduct. Thesestandards are recognized within and outside the healthcare domainsand ensures that there is ‘good standing’ in the provision ofhealthcare services (Joel and Sara, 2012).

Thenational standards of care fall under codes of practice andcopemptency standards. By observing good code of practice, healthcarepractitioners are able to enhance health care quality through theirservices. In legal terms, National standards of care refer toprofessional custom rules that guide health care practitioners’actions. National standards of care are set of laws that help tocheck on physicians’ malpractice while offering healthcareservices. National standard of care sets conditions againstphysicians’ negligence in duty, harm and causation (Joel and Sara,2012).

Doestort law help avoid errors and promote higher quality of healthcare?

Thetort laws are important in the provision of healthcare services byphysicians. In particular, a tort helps to avoid physicians’negligence and medical malpractice. In this way, tort law helps toenhance patents safety and prevent medical injuries. In addition,tort laws are effective in promoting open communication betweenpractitioners and patients. Another important aspect is that, tortscreate injury compensation system for clients. In these aspects, tortlaws help in capping damages and lessening litigation processes (Joeland Sara, 2012).

However,there has been an increase in medical error which has raised concernsover the tort system effectiveness in deterring negligence andpatient compensation. In particular, the problem is exacerbated byinconsistency when assessing medical liability when assessingnegligence and compensation for patients. However, with reforms, tortlaws are effective in forestalling any medical negligence andfacilitating easier compensation litigations (Joel and Sara, 2012).


JoelB. Teitlbaum and Sara E. (2012). Wilensky.Essentials of Health Law and Policy, 2nd eds.United States: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

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