chapter 6 continue
Home > Preview
The flashcards below were created by user
on FreezingBlue Flashcards.
Dr. ruth purtilo
an authority on ethics in medicine
she presents three general elements of ethics: duties , rights , and character traits
types of ethical problems
- ethical distress
- ethical dilemmas
- dilemmas of justice
- locus of authority issues
a problem in which a certain course of action is indicated but some type of hindrance or barrier preventss that action
example: a professional knows the right thing to do but for some reason cannot do it
I know which course of action I ( the agent) should take for the patients benefit but there is a structural barrier to my bein able to do it.
- A= agent
- C= course of action
- O= outcome
a situation in which an individual is faced with two or more acceptable or correct choices , but doing one precludes another.
being caught between a rock and a hard place
dilemma of justice
fair distribution of benefits to those who are entitled to them. choices must be made regarding who receives these benefits and in what proportion
examples: organ donations and distribution of scarce or costly medications
locus of authority
two or more authority figures have their own ideas about how a situation should be handled but only one of those authorites can prevail
five-step process for ethical decision making
- gathering relevant information
- identifying the type of ethical problem
- determining the ethics approach to use
- exploring the practical alternatives
- completing the action
What would you like to do?
Home > Flashcards > Print Preview