Health Care Ethics
Lessons from Intensive Care
By (author) Kath M. Melia
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Health Care Ethics by Kath M. Melia
Book DescriptionHealth Care Ethics examines the way ethical dilemmas are played out in everyday clinical practice and argues for an approach to ethical decision-making which focuses more on patient needs than competing professional interests. While advances in medical science and technology have improved the ability to save and prolong lives, they have also given rise to fundamental questions about what constitutes life and personhood, especially in the context of what are termed 'persistent vegetative state' and 'brain death'. Drawing on the example of intensive care where such questions feature strongly in everyday practice, Kath M Melia examines how decisions are taken within the context of multiprofessional teamworking, including * whether to admit a patient and commence treatment * what the aim of treatment should be (i.e. palliation, care or cure) * when to limit, withhold or withdraw treatment * when to donate organs. As an area in which different professional groups work closely together, the author argues that there are lessons to be learnt from intensive care which can be applied to ethical decision making in all areas of health care for the greater good of patients. The book makes a significant contribution to the literature on ethics in health care and to the development of ethical decision making which prioritises the needs of patients. It is essential reading for ethicists, sociologists and health care professionals.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780761971450
(234mm x 156mm x 13mm)
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Kath M. Melia
Ethics for Nursing and Healthcare Practice, Paperback (December 2013)
Everyday clinical practice is steeped in ethical considerations, but discussion of ethics is often removed from these real-life situations. This book works in the gap between theory and practice.
Nursing Ethics, Paperback (June 2006)» View all books by Kath M. Melia
Offers an account of ethical issues affecting nurses and other health care practitioners. This book offers an approach with focus on ethical issues that might be encountered by health practitioners in training, in practice and in management. It discusses the role of moral theory and gives practical models for ethical decision-making.
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Author Biography - Kath M. Melia
Kath Melia is Professor of Nursing, University of Edinbugh and author of Nursing Ethics, 4e (with Ian Thompson and Kenneth Boyd; Churchill Livingstone).
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