TITLE

A model for conceptualizing the moral dynamic in health care

AUTHOR(S)
Foley Pierce, S.
PUB. DATE
November 1997
SOURCE
Nursing Ethics;Nov97, Vol. 4 Issue 6, p483
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Ethics involves an organized, reasoned approach to gathering and processing data in order to arrive at decisions about what to do, what to value, and/or what virtues to cultivate. A model is proposed for conceptualizing this complex dynamic, which incorporates elements of both rule-and-principle ethics and the ethic of care. The model suggested here has two levels. The first level identifies the components that comprise philosophical reasoning; the second contextualizes and operationalizes the model in relation to the processor’s philosophical stance on the nature of knowing. Three philosophical stances are identified and described: science-dominant, person-dominant, and science-person equilibrium. Physicians tend to process patients from first perspectives, nurses from second. Hence, health team collaboration in moral problem solving is critically important.
ACCESSION #
7392911

 

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