Transforming healthcare education : applied lessons leading to deeper moral reflection
Part of the Teaching Ethics across the American Educational Experience series
This book sets the scene for the deliberations on ethics and its application to healthcare in the twenty-first century.
The word ethics, in classical Greek, means the "beliefs of the people" the study of what is right and good in human conduct and the justification of such claims.
Without a doubt this task is not simply about setting up a list of rights and wrongs.
Rather, it is a discussion, a process that helps tease out the real issues and find and teach ethical solutions to complex practical problems.
The centrality of the patient is of prime consideration in this book, and the health of the individual patient is the first consideration in the teaching considerations discussed.
Applied ethics in healthcare may have lost sight of what traditional ethics was trying to accomplish: a good life for good people over a lifetime in society with others.
We must put biomedical ethics into perspective and develop a truly comprehensive approach to health care ethics.
On the practical level, we need structures integrating givers ethical perspectives.
But, there seems to be a gap and significant perception differences among healthcare providers' learning environments and actual professional situations.
Hence, teaching ethics and healthcare providers values is important to bridge this gap.