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Health Care Ethics
Author: Kath M. Melia

ISBN: 9780761971443
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17 March 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 1.1
Description:
Health Care Ethics examines the way ethical dilemmas are played out in everyday clinical practice and argues for an approach to ethical decision-making which focuses more on patient needs than competing professional interests.

While advances in medical science and technology have improved the ability to save and prolong lives, they have also given rise to fundamental questions about what constitutes life and personhood, especially in the context of what are termed 'persistent vegetative state' and 'brain death'. Drawing on the example of intensive care where such questions feature strongly in everyday practice, Kath M Melia examines how decisions are taken within the context of multiprofessional teamworking, including

- whether to admit a patient and commence treatment

- what the aim of treatment should be (i.e. palliation, care or cure)

- when to limit, withhold or withdraw treatment

- when to donate organs.

As an area in which different professional groups work closely together, the author argues that there are lessons to be learnt from intensive care which can be applied to ethical decision making in all areas of health ...

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