Practicing Preventive Ethics -- The Keys to Avoiding Ethical Conflicts in Health Care

McCullough, Laurence B.
April 2005
Click (1532-0391);Apr2005, Vol. 5 Issue 2, p18
The article suggests ways to avoid ethical conflicts in health care sector. As a physician leader, one has two ways to respond to ethical challenges in health care organizations: First, one should wait for ethical problems or conflicts to occur and then respond to them, second, one can practice preventive ethics to keep conflicts from arising. Experience teaches that the reactive approach can take an unacceptable toll on patients, their family members, physicians, other members of the team, and even the culture of the health care organization.


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