Relevant for the entire primary care team, this book provides a diverse range of perspectives on current topical issues. Healthcare ethics is a subject of increasing interest, especially when it related to some of the challenging themes regularly discussed in the media. Until now there has been little useful literature for those in primary care, where ethical problems are often experienced with a unique set of issues. Primary Care Ethics is rigorous and academic, while remaining highly accessible for the full range of practitioners. Moral and legal aspects are clearly distinguished throughout, and the theme-based approach is stimulating and original. In providing greater depth and breadth in this subject than has been available previously, the book is both practical and thought-provoking, and essential reading for everyone, whether in academic, training or practice-based primary care.
Table of Contents
Truth, trust and the doctor-patient relationship. Autonomy and paternalism in primary care. But it’s not my fault – are we responsible for our health? Human rights in primary care. Ethical considerations in the primary care of the elderly demented patient. Setting boundaries – a virtue approach to the clinician-patient relationship in primary care. Interprofessional team-working – a moral endeavor? An exploration of clinical practice using Seedhouse’s ‘ethical grid’. Complexity, guidelines and ethics. Should doctors observe a moral duty to care for themselves?. Fallible, unlucky or incompetent? Ethico-legal perspectives on clinical competence in primary care. Ethics support and education in primary care. Final thoughts – conclusions and end notes.