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1st Edition

Ethics and Community in the Health Care Professions

ISBN 9780415150286
Published April 1, 1999 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

The concept of community is increasingly the focus of political argument in Britain, the United States and elsewhere around the world. The sense people have of belonging to coummunities provides a powerful motivation which continues to affecct the political and social face of the world. Recently, debate about the relationship between individuals and their communities has become central to the making of both, American and European social policy. In the United Kingdom this is especially apparent in the area of health care, where ideas of community have informed recent legislation concerning community care, community health trusts and the Children Act among others.
This volume explores the focus of interest in community and the emerging theoretical oppostion between communitarianism and liberalism, as well as the practical, theoretical and ethical issues relating to community in the health care professions, including a discussion of the health service as Civil Association, an analysis of liberal and communitarian views on the allocaiton of health care resources, an exploration of the use of genetic information and an examination of health care decision making for incapacitated elderly patients.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Parker Michael; Chapter 1 The Health Service as Civil Association, Andrew Edgar; Chapter 2 All You Need is Health, Hub Zwart; Chapter 3 Return to Community, Chris Heginbotham; Chapter 4 Community Disintegration or Moral Panic?, Donna Dickenson; Chapter 5 Contracting Care in the Community, Michael Hammond; Chapter 6 Virtual Genetic Counselling, Ruth Chadwick, Kim Petrie; Chapter 7 Cultural Diversity and the Limits of Tolerance, Sirkku Hellsten; Chapter 8 Ethics, Community and the Elderly, Mark R. Wicclair; Chapter 9 Power, Lies and Injustice, Vivien Lindow; Chapter 10 Ethical Codes, J. Stuart Horner;

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Michael Parker is Co-ordinator of a European Union research project on biomedical practitioners’ ethics education. He is the author of The Growth of Understanding (1995).