Thursday, 12 June 2008

Ethical values and patient care

In dealing with your case scenarios in the examination, you must be able to communicate your argument with relation to four important ethical principles. The examiner will expect you to have an understanding of these:

1-Autonomy (self rule)
It is the capacity to think, decide and act on the basis of such thought and decision, freely and independently.

2-beneficence (promoting what is best for the patient)
This principle emphasises the moral importance of doing good to others.

3-non-maleficence (avoiding harm)
This principle state that we do not harm patients

We must try to distribute limited resources (time, money, intensive care beds) fairly

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