Deliberative Engagement: An Inclusive Methodology for Exploring Professionalization [Book Review]

HEC Forum 24 (3):187-201 (2012)
Early on in the development of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists Exploring Professionalization (PHEEP), the founding members recognized the need to address and meet two important goals: (1) the creation of a dynamic, rigorous process to support the exploratory work, and (2) the establishment of the means—deliberative engagement—to generate and justify the substantive content of professionalization-related products, such as practice standards and position statements. Drawing from social justice and deliberative democracy conceptions and insights (among others), the authors identify and describe the core elements of the “process scaffolding” and “deliberative means” that inform PHEEP’s deliberative engagement methodology. The paper demonstrates how these process and substantive features have been meaningfully instantiated in the decision making framework established by PHEEP for its use in the development of professionalization-related products by Canadian practicing healthcare ethicists
Keywords Deliberative engagement  Professionalization products  Stakeholder-driven  Scaffolding process  Legitimacy considerations
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DOI 10.1007/s10730-012-9189-6
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