Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions

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ISBN-13: 9781437708967
Edition: 5th 2010
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $62.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier - Health Sciences Division
Publication date: 11/3/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

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.Unique! New coverage of biotechnology addresses the professional's role relating to environmental responsibility and the ecological costs of various health care interventions. Unique! New content on the intersection of technology and ethics describes the impact of advances in medical technology in rehabilitative care, and helps you face difficult conversations where you must offer hope while presenting realistic outcomes. Unique! New content on terrorism and disaster planning describes the ethical dilemmas professionals face in preventing terrorism and planning for disasters. New topics on the ethical decision-making process include the concepts of care, distinguishing ethical reasoning as a distinct part of your clinical reasoning and professional judgment, and attention to caregivers. New coauthor Regina Doherty, an occupational therapist, adds expertise and an OT perspective.

Ruth B. Purtilo, Ph.D., is James Marsh Presidential Professor-at-Large at the University of Vermont and a professor emerita of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. Henk A.M.J. ten Have, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of medical ethics at the University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology, UNESCO, Paris.

Introduction to Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions
Morality and Ethics: What are They and Why do They Matter?
The Ethical Goal of Professional Practice: A Caring Response
Prototypes of Ethical Problems
Ethics Theories and Approaches: Conceptual Tools for Ethical Decision-Making
A Six-Step Process of Ethical Decision Making in Arriving at a Caring Response
Ethical Dimensions of Professional Roles
Surviving Student Life Ethically
Surviving Professional Life Ethically
Living Ethically within Health Care Organizations
Living Ethically as a Member of the Health Care Team
Ethical Dimensions of the Professional-Patient Relationship
Why Honor Confidentiality
Communication and Information Sharing
Informed Consent in Treatment and Clinical Research
Ethical Dimensions of Chronic and End of Life Care
Ethical Issues in Chronic Care
Ethical Issues in End of Life Care
Ethical Dimensions of the Social Context of Health Care
Distributive Justice: Clinical Sources of Claims for Health Care
Compensatory and Social Justice: Societal Sources of Claims for Health Care
Professionals as Good Citizens: Responsibility and Opportunity

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