Orchestrating social change: An imperative in care of the chronically ill

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 16 (3):343-359 (1991)
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The ethical challenges of caring for the chronically ill are of increasing concern to nurses as they attempt to create humanitarian environments for long-term care. This article suggests two ethical perspectives to guide the agenda of the nursing profession to achieve social change in the care of the chronically ill and aging. First, a reemphasis on the public duties of the professions is recommended which extends beyond serving the interests of the nursing profession to recognizing the need to serve the common good. Second, the limitations of the autonomy paradigm are explored and the foundation for the development of a new moral paradigm is analyzed in terms of its' potential usefulness in addressing ethical problems of chronic illness. Several initiatives that nursing must undertake to facilitate the emergence of this paradigm are proposed. Keywords: aging and chronic illness, autonomy paradigm, common good, experience-based paradigm, nursing ethics CiteULike Connotea Del.icio.us What's this?
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