Key Features

  • Provides a strong, relevant and up-to-date grounding in ethics as it applies to eyecare practice
  • Helps give students the skills they need to tackle the ethical issues they will encounter within their professional life
  • Focussed on practical problem solving with many cases studies to help understanding
  • References recent events and real life histories and experiences
  • Designed to encourage the development of critical thinking and ethical skills
  • Authoritative text by a Professor of Optometry with qualifications in and knowledge of law and ethics
  • Lively and accessibly written, with cartoon illustrations throughout.

Table of Contents

Introduction to ethics: what they are and what they are not; history of ethics in healthcare. The concept of professionalism: what it means to be a professional, obligations and expectations, development of professionals in health and eyecare. The professional Code of Ethics/Healthcare Ethics and ethical concepts. Beneficence and non-maleficence in eye care practice; requirements to keep abreast of new developments. Negligence (law): what constitutes negligence. Autonomy: respect for patients decisions/ duty to inform patients. Confidentiality/ Data Protection (legal). Equality and Justice; distributive healthcare. Collegiality; fair work practice; dealing with peers, colleagues, other professionals, non-professional employees. Business ethics: the ethics of running a practice, the ethics of competition; accountability. Ethical dilemmas. Ethical theory: deeper concepts: consequentialism, deontology, Kantian theory.


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© 2008
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About the author

Barbara Pierscionek

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Optometry and Vision Science, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine