Clinical Ethics: An Invitation to Healing Professionals

Clinical Ethics: An Invitation to Healing Professionals

Clinical Ethics: An Invitation to Healing Professionals

Clinical Ethics: An Invitation to Healing Professionals

Synopsis

This unique volume explores what ethics has to offer the practicing physician, nurse, and allied health care worker. The authors introduce the basic vocabulary of ethics and present and discuss the most commonly used ethical theories, using case studies to illustrate how ethics work within the context of health care. Newcomers to the field will learn what ethics is all about and how it relates to the pragmatic concerns of the health care professional. Those who already have a working knowledge of the field will find a new approach to ethical theory--personalism--which the authors believe can make the practical use of ethics more effective and reliable.

Excerpt

This is an ethics book for nonethicists. It's for those who want to learn more about ethics, but aren't sure where to begin. It presumes an orientation toward helping people who are ill, rather than a background in philosophical theory.

The newcomer to ethics will learn what ethics is about, and what ethics has to offer the healing professional. The vocabulary of ethics is introduced in a manageable way, and the most commonly used ethical theories are presented and discussed. Those who already have a working knowledge of ethics will find a new approach to ethical theory offered, one that the authors believe can make our practical use of ethics more effective and reliable. By the end of the book, the reader will have the tools to use ethical reasoning to work toward meaningful and reproducible answers to difficult ethical problems.

There's a fundamental question, though, that needs to be answered before we proceed. Is it really worthwhile for the "average" health care professional to spend time learning more about ethics? Indeed, some still believe that ethics is too difficult a topic for nonphilosophers. Of course, when ethical theory is presented in a complicated or confusing way, this is true -- but ethics isn't necessarily difficult.

Some maintain that spending time on ethics distracts us from more important matters of patient care -- that it's a waste of time. Hardly. Reflecting on what we're doing, on what it all means, can put organization into our efforts. It can minimize our false starts and backtracking. It can make our professional careers more fluid and effective. In the long run, thinking about what we're doing saves time, it doesn't waste it.

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