||Health Sciences Report UNIVERSITY OF UTAH HEALTH SCIENCES REPORT Health Sciences Report University of Utah Vol. 12, No.2 Fall/Winter 1987 Published by the Office of Community Relations, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, 50 N. Medical Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132. Telephone ( 801) 581- 7387. Health Sciences Report is mailed to faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends of the University of Utah School of Medicine; to the staffs of University Hospital and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and to the faculty, staff and alumni of the colleges of health, nursing and pharmacy. Articles may be reprinted without permission. Editor: Susan Sample Editorial Consultant: Anne Brillinger Photographer: Brad Nelson, Medical Illustration Service Caring for the Medically Indigent 2 Can society continue to provide health care for 35 million uninsured Americans? Nursing Takes the Witness Stand 8 In today's legal climate, nurses need to know their rights and responsibilities. Medical Malpractice: Can We Afford the Emotional Expense? 10 The threat of lawsuits is damaging the physician- patient relationship and driving doctors and medical students away from high- risk specialties. Drug Testing: How Well Does It Score on Reliability? 16 Pharmacy's Center for Human Toxicology offers a quality control program to help employers evaluate laboratories. Managing Stress: Businesses Battle Health- Care Costs 20 A health educator teaches coping strategies to help employees reduce stress and employers save money. Nursing at a Crossroads: A Special Interview 22 Dean Linda K. Amos discusses the effects of recent budget cuts and program restructuring in the College of Nursing. Year in Review 24 Centerounds 36 CARING FOR THE MEDICALLY INDIGENT Health Care's Crisis, Society's Responsibility T , Only about 38 percent of those below the poverty level are eligible to receive Medicaid. Medical bills for unemployed parents, childless couples and illegal aliens are not covered.