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Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions

Ideal for all health care professionals, Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 5th Edition provides a solid foundation in basic ethical theory, the terms and concepts of ethics, and current ethical issues. Expert authors Ruth Purtilo and Regina Doherty outline a unique 6-step decision-making process as a guide to making effective choices that lead to a professional and caring response to patients. They also suggest practical approaches to commonly encountered clinical issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, information sharing, and end-of-life care. With this book, you will develop the skills you need to recognize, understand, and resolve ethical problems.

Book, 384 Pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4557-3684-3


  • Section I: Introduction to Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions
    1. Morality and Ethics: What are They and Why do They Matter?
    2. The Ethical Goal of Professional Practice: A Caring Response
    3. Prototypes of Ethical Problems
    4. Ethics Theories and Approaches: Conceptual Tools for Ethical Decision-Making
    5. A Six-Step Process of Ethical Decision Making in Arriving at a Caring Response
    Section II: Ethical Dimensions of Professional Roles
    6. Surviving Student Life Ethically
    7. Surviving Professional Life Ethically
    8. Living Ethically within Health Care Organizations
    9. Living Ethically as a Member of the Health Care Team
    Section III: Ethical Dimensions of the Professional-Patient Relationship
    10. Why Honor Confidentiality
    11. Communication and Information Sharing
    12. Informed Consent in Treatment and Clinical Research
    Section IV: Ethical Dimensions of Chronic and End of Life Care
    13. Ethical Issues in Chronic Care
    14. Ethical Issues in End of Life Care
    Section V: Ethical Dimensions of the Social Context of Health Care
    15. Distributive Justice: Clinical Sources of Claims for Health Care
    16. Compensatory and Social Justice: Societal Sources of Claims for Health Care
    17. Professionals as Good Citizens: Responsibility and Opportunity


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