A Hospital-based Patient Legal Clinic

Liz Bishop, Hana Shahkhan, Bebe Loff

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The HeLP Patient Legal Clinic has provided free legal advice to public hospital patients with health-related problems since March 2014. This article reports on the findings of a study of the first six months of HeLP's operation. The study adopted qualitative methods informed by grounded theory and sought to understand patient and social worker experiences of HeLP. Interviews were conducted with 13 patients and 10 next of kin. Focus group discussions were carried out with 19 social workers who referred patients to HeLP. Locating the legal service in the hospital's social work department enabled and expedited access to legal advice; a team-based approach to patient problems emerged that enhanced patient outcomes; and provision of legal advice relieved the anxiety experienced by patients, allowing them to focus better on their health concern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)678-687
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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