Ethics and Community in the Health Care Professions

Synopsis

Recently debate about the relationship between individual and community has become central to the making of social policy in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. Philosophical treatment of medical ethics has come to focus on the conflict between liberal forms of patient-centred medicine and communitarian values. How far do patients rights need to be protected from community's imperatives?This book is the first to explore the importance of these conflicting approaches to health care and examines the implications of these approaches both for medical ethics and for specific areas of health care practice. Among the topics discussed are:* Liberal and communitarian views on the allocation of health care resources* Young people and family care* A European perspective on the role of IT in genetic counselling* Health care decision making for elderly patients

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