Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9781437708967, 9780323291538

Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions

5th Edition

Authors: Ruth Purtilo Regina Doherty
eBook ISBN: 9780323291538
eBook ISBN: 9781455777228
eBook ISBN: 9781437708981
Imprint: Saunders
Published Date: 3rd November 2010
Page Count: 448

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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.

Key Features

  • 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.

Table of Contents

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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About the Author

Ruth Purtilo

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emerita of Ethics, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; John Marsh Visiting Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Regina Doherty

Affiliations and Expertise

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