Enriching our views on clinical ethics: Results of a qualitative study of the moral psychology of healthcare ethics committee members [Book Review]
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5 (1):57-67 (2008)
The contribution of healthcare ethics committee (HEC) members to HECs is fundamental. However, little is known about how HEC members view clinical ethics. We report results from a qualitative study of the moral psychology of HEC members. We found that contrary to the existing Kohlberg-based studies, HEC members hold a pragmatic non-expert view of clinical ethics based mainly on respect for persons and a commitment to the patient’s good. In general, HEC members hold deflationary views regarding moral theory. Ethical principles are not abstract foundations but the expression of moral commitments to patients that pre-exist awareness of moral theory. Emotions and proximity to patient sufferance fundamentally shape the views of HEC members on clinical ethics. Further work at the intersection of clinical ethics and qualitative research could bring to the foreground lay perspectives on moral problems that may differ from bioethics expert views.
|Keywords||Healthcare ethics committee Moral psychology Pragmatism Clinical ethics Healthcare ethics committee members|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
The Internal Morality of Clinical Medicine: A Paradigm for the Ethics of the Helping and Healing Professions.Edmund D. Pellegrino - 2001 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 26 (6):559 – 579.
Why Don't Physicians Use Ethics Consultation?L. Davies & Leonard D. Hudson - 1999 - Journal of Clinical Ethics 10 (2):116.
Ethical Theory, Ethnography, and Differences Between Doctors and Nurses in Approaches to Patient Care.D. W. Robertson - 1996 - Journal of Medical Ethics 22 (5):292-299.
Ethics Committees Identify Four Key Factors for Success.Ida Critelli Schick & Fache Sally Moore - 1998 - HEC Forum 10 (1):75-85.
Citations of this work BETA
The Disclosure of Genetic Information: A Human Research Ethics Perspective. [REVIEW]Danielle E. Dye, Leanne Youngs, Beverley McNamara, Jack Goldblatt & Peter O'Leary - 2010 - Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 7 (1):103-109.
Similar books and articles
Responding to Abusive Patients: A Primer for Ethics Committee Members. [REVIEW]Anita J. Tarzian & Catherine A. Marco - 2008 - HEC Forum 20 (2):127-136.
Barriers and Challenges in Clinical Ethics Consultations: The Experiences of Nine Clinical Ethics Committees.Reidar Pedersen, Victoria Akre & Reidun Førde - 2009 - Bioethics 23 (8):460-469.
Exploring the Role of the Ethics Committee Psychiatrist.Charles C. Engel - 1992 - HEC Forum 4 (6):360-371.
Point and Counterpoint: Should the Ethics Committee Visit the Patient? No: Hec Members Should Not Visit the Patient. [REVIEW]Kenneth V. Iserson - 1991 - HEC Forum 3 (1):19-22.
The Protection of Patients' Rights in Clinical Trials.Marek Czarkowski - 2006 - Science and Engineering Ethics 12 (1):131-138.
The Controversy Over Retrospective Moral Judgment.Allen E. Buchanan - 1996 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 6 (3):245-250.
Goals of Clinical Ethics Support: Perceptions of Dutch Healthcare Institutions. [REVIEW]L. Dauwerse, T. A. Abma, B. Molewijk & G. Widdershoven - 2013 - Health Care Analysis 21 (4):323-337.
Assessing Physicians' Roles on Health Care Ethics Committees.Charlotte McDaniel - 2010 - HEC Forum 22 (4):275-286.
Ethics Education and Value Prioritization Among Members of U.S. Hospital Ethics Committees.Adrian Bardon - 2004 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 14 (4):395-406.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads29 ( #176,667 of 2,168,588 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #346,837 of 2,168,588 )
How can I increase my downloads?