Ethics and Community in the Health Care Profession / Edition 1

Ethics and Community in the Health Care Profession / Edition 1

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by Dr Michael Parker
     
 

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

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415150286
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/1999
Series:
Professional Ethics Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Series editor's preface
Introduction: health care ethics: liberty, community or participation?1
1The health service as civil association15
2All you need is health: liberal and communitarian views on the allocation of health care resources30
3Return to community: the ethics of exclusion and inclusion47
4Community disintegration or moral panic? Young people and family care62
5Contracting care in the community79
6Virtual genetic counselling: a European perspective on the role of information technology in genetic counselling96
7Cultural diversity and the limits of tolerance112
8Ethics, community and the elderly: health care decision-making for incompetent elderly patients135
9Power, lies and injustice: the exclusion of service users' voices154
10Ethical codes: the protection of patients or practitioners?172
References188
Index201

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