Mapping Our Practice? Some Conceptual “Bumps” for us to Consider

HEC Forum 24 (3):219-226 (2012)
There are several important conceptual issues and questions about the practice of healthcare ethics that can, and should, inform the development of any practice standards. This paper provides a relatively short overview of seven of these issues, with the invitation for further critical reflection and examination of their relevance to and implications for practice standards. The seven issues described include: diversity (from the perspective of training and experience); moral expertise and authority/influence; being an insider or outsider; flexibility and adaptability (for local contexts of practice); the relative weighting of procedural and normative aspects of ethics practice; making mistakes or errors; and conflicts of interest in practice
Keywords Practice standards  Conceptual  Healthcare ethics  Moral expertise  Authority  Normative  Procedural  Conflicts of interest
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DOI 10.1007/s10730-012-9188-7
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