The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4274.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 4:50 PM

Abstract #57673

Therapeutic jurisprudence: Can law improve health?

Diane Kjervik, JD, MSN, RN, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB # 7460, Carrington Hall, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, 919-966-5359,

While legal mandates may affect health status, little attention has been paid to empirically sound outcomes data linking the two. Therapeutic Jurisprudence (TJ) examines the impact of law on health, which parallels a growing interest in the effect of law on public health (Special Supplement, Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Fall 2002, "The Public's Health and the Law in the 21st century") and on health and human rights (Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Winter 2002, "Symposium: Health, Law and Human Rights: Exploring the Connections"). For attorneys and health professionals to advocate effectively, especially on policy levels, they need information about legal approaches that not only protect legal status but also promote health.

This presentation will define TJ, provide examples of empirical studies that validate the effect of law on health indicators, and recommend directions attorneys and health professional scholars can take to refine relevant questions, legal strategies, and measurable health outcomes.

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Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Advocacy

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Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA