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IHP 420 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric

IHP 420 Final Project Guidelines and Rubric n this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:  

  • Analyze why knowledge of the legal system is important for healthcare professionals, including the distinctions between the law, ethics, and bioethics
  • Compare and contrast ethical theories and discuss decision-making models applicable to healthcare providers
  • Examine the legal environment in healthcare, including the physician-patient relationship, medical records and patient confidentiality, and professional liability and medical malpractice
  • Explore the laws impacting the delivery of healthcare, including HIPAA, the False Claims Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and laws impacting the workplace
  • Analyze the role of professional regulation, the standard of care, and codes of ethics in healthcare providers’ accountability to self, their profession, their patients, and the public
  • Analyze specific legal, ethical, and bioethical issues faced by healthcare administrators, providers, and researchers, including protection of life, the right to self-determination, and end-of-life issues
 

Prompt

The first step of the project is to locate a medical malpractice case that interests you. The case can involve malpractice or negligence claims against any type of healthcare provider—for example, a doctor, nurse, dentist, or chiropractor or an institutional provider such as a hospital, nursing home, or rehab facility. The case you choose must be from a published decision of the court (rather than a case reported in a secondary source, such as a newspaper or internet article).   Published decisions are primary sources of law that create precedent for other courts to follow in similar cases. For more information about judicial decisions, and for help on where to find them, visit the Library of Congress Law Library.   Review these malpractice decisions to get familiar with the structure and format of a typical court decision:     These cases were found by searching the New York Official Reports website using the terms “medical malpractice” and “wrongful death.” To locate the published court decisions in your state, browse the resources available at the Library of Congress Law Library or visit FindLaw’s Cases and Codes section, which contains resources and links for cases by state.   It is easier to find medical malpractice cases in state court as opposed to federal court, so you may want to start with cases in your local state court. As you get further into your research, you will discover that some court opinions are short, and some are much longer and contain significantly more detail. For this assignment, it is important to choose a case that not only interests you but also contains a detailed description of the facts and circumstances so you have enough information for your analysis. The two examples provided above are good samples of the kind of opinion you should try to find. When researching cases, make sure the one you ultimately select contains enough information about the case to address each of the bullet points below. Your paper should contain three parts:  
  • Part I: Introduction
In this part, describe your case, including the parties, the facts, and the claims asserted.  
  • Part II: Analysis
This part is your analysis and should make up the majority of your paper. This section should be written in the IRAC format. Click here for a description of the IRAC model. Your analysis should discuss the evidence on both sides of the case and the defenses asserted by the defendant healthcare provider. This section should also identify and analyze the ethical theories involved and how they did or did not impact the decision.  
  • Part III: Variation
In this part, discuss how and why the outcome would have changed if the facts or evidence had been different. For example, if the plaintiff won the case, discuss a defense that, if available to the defendant, would have changed the outcome (for example, if the defendant could prove the plaintiff filed his claim after the statute of limitations had expired).    

Final Project Rubric

Guidelines for Submission: Your submission must be five to eight pages in length (in addition to the title page and reference list) and should use double spacing, 12-point Times New Roman font, and one-inch margins. Use APA style for citations.  
Critical Elements Exemplary (100%) Proficient (85%) Needs Improvement (55%) Not Evident (0%) Value
Main Elements Includes all of the main elements and requirements and cites multiple examples to illustrate each element Includes most of the main elements and requirements and cites many examples to illustrate each element Includes some of the main elements and requirements Does not include any of the main elements or requirements 25
Inquiry and Analysis Provides in-depth analysis that demonstrates complete understanding of multiple concepts Provides in-depth analysis that demonstrates complete understanding of some concepts Provides analysis that demonstrates minimal understanding of concepts Does not provide analysis 20
Integration and Application All of the course concepts are correctly applied Most of the course concepts are correctly applied Some of the course concepts are correctly applied Does not correctly apply any of the course concepts 10
Critical Thinking Draws insightful conclusions that are thoroughly defended with evidence and examples Draws informed conclusions that are justified with evidence Draws logical conclusions but does not defend with evidence Does not draw logical conclusions 20
Research Effectively incorporates many scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research Effectively incorporates some scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research Incorporates very few scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research Does not incorporate scholarly resources that reflect depth and breadth of research 15
Articulation of Response Submission is free of errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, and organization and is presented in a professional and easy to read format Submission has no major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization Submission has major errors related to citations, grammar, spelling, syntax, or organization that negatively impact readability and articulation of main ideas
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