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.
- Unique! 6-step process of ethical decision-making provides an organizing framework for the steps to take in arriving at an ethical decision.
- Step 1: Gather relevant information
- Step 2: Identify the type of ethical problem
- Step 3: Analyze the problem using ethics theories or approaches
- Step 4: Explore the practical alternatives
- Step 5: Act
- Step 6: Evaluate the process and outcome
- Patient stories begin each chapter with an ethical dilemma and frame the rest of the chapter, tying abstract principles to real-life situations and demonstrating the ethical decision-making process for each story.
- Content on end-of-life care shows how to develop a caring response toward dying patients and identifies basic ethical concepts applying to patients with life-threatening conditions.
- Unique! More than 100 Reflection boxes indicate important concepts and include space to jot down thoughts.
- HIPAA and patient confidentiality information covers current laws and addresses what types of information are appropriate and inappropriate to include in the patient's medical record.
- Questions for thought and discussion help you apply the ethical decision-making process to different situations.
- Unique! Over 80 summary boxes offer a quick review of the important information in each section.
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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- © Saunders 2011
- 3rd November 2010
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Professor Emerita of Ethics, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; John Marsh Visiting Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; Senior Occupational Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA