TITLE

Do cardiologists and cardiac surgeons need ethics? Achieving happiness for a drug user with endocarditis

AUTHOR(S)
D I Bromage
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Heart;Jun2009, Vol. 95 Issue 11, p885
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Ethical dilemmas are commonplace in clinical cardiology. There has been a recent focus on ethical behaviour of cardiologists and debate about resource allocation and cost-effectiveness of new technologies. The case of an intravenous drug addict, with native aortic valve endocarditis complicated by a cerebral abscess and severe aortic regurgitation, is presented to illustrate some common ethical and moral dilemmas. The predominant theories in medical ethics, including the "Four-Principles Approach," is discussed, and a model to translate these ethical theories into a clinical decision-making tool is presented.
ACCESSION #
39988447

 

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