Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry

Paperback | April 15, 2008

EditorGuy Widdershoven, Tony Hope, John McMillan

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Psychiatry presents a unique array of difficult ethical questions. However, a major challenge is to approach psychiatry in a way that does justice to the real ethical issues. Recently there has been a growing body of research in empirical psychiatric ethics, and an increased interest in howempirical and philosophical methods can be combined. 'Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry' demonstrates how ethics can engage more closely with the reality of psychiatric practice and shows how empirical methodologies from the social sciences can help foster this link. The book is divided into two sections. In the first section there are discussions of the possibility of empirical ethics from a theoretical standpoint and an overview of the history of empirical medical ethics in general. The second, larger section is made up of chapters, discussing a specificresearch project in empirical psychiatric ethics. The contributors reflect on their choice of method: how and why they combine empirical and philosophical work, and how the two approaches relate to each other. The chapters in the second part thus have two purposes. The first is to present examplesof empirical ethics in psychiatry; the second is to reflect on the way in which empirical research can support ethical analysis. 'Empirical Ethics in Psychiatry' is a unique contribution to the field of bioethics and will be fascinating reading for all those working within bioethics, as well as mental health care professionals.

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Psychiatry presents a unique array of difficult ethical questions. However, a major challenge is to approach psychiatry in a way that does justice to the real ethical issues. Recently there has been a growing body of research in empirical psychiatric ethics, and an increased interest in howempirical and philosophical methods can be com...

Guy Widdershoven is Professor of Ethics of Health Care and Scientific Director of the School for Public Health and Primary Care (CAPHRI), Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands. His research subject is hermeneutic ethics, especially in the area of chronic care (elderly care, psychiatry and care for people with an intellectual disab...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Guy Widdershoven, John McMillan, Tony Hope and Lieke van der Scheer: Introduction2. John McMillan and Tony Hope: The possibility of empirical psychiatric ethics3. Guy Widdershoven and Lieke van der Scheer: Theory and methodology of empirical ethics: a pragmatic hermeneutic perspective4. Pascal Borry, Paul Schotsmans and Kris Dierickx: The origin and emergence of empirical ethics5. Jeannette Pols: Which empirical research, whose ethics? Articulating ideals in long term mental health care6. Anthony Colombo: Models of mental disorder: how philosophy and the social sciences can illuminate psychiatric ethics7. Minke Goldsteen: Empirical ethics in action in practices of dementia care8. Clive Baldwin: Family carers, ethics and dementia: an empirical study9. Julian C Hughes and Steven R Sabat: The advance directive conjuring trick and the person with dementia10. Marian Verkerk, Louis Polstra and Marlieke de Jonge: Coercion in psychiatric care: a sociological and ethical case history analysis11. Rob H van Hooren, H W van den Borne, Leopold M G Curfs and Guy Widdershoven: Providing good care in the context of restrictive measures: the case of prevention of obesity in youngsters with Prader-Willi syndrome12. Ine Gremmen: Ulysses arrangements in psychiatry: from normative ethics to empirical research, and back13. Jacinta Tan and Tony Hope: Treatment refusal in anorexia nervosa: a challenge to current concepts of capacity14. Gwen Adshead, Christine Brown, Eva Skoe, Jonathan Glover and Sarah Nicholson: Studying moral reasoning in forensic psychiatric patients15. Sander Welie: Patient incompetence in the practice of old age psychiatry: the significance of empirical research for the law

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"As the interdisciplinary field of bioethics evolves and advances, it is books like this that will encourage professionals to take a thoughtful look at collaborating with seemingly disparate disciplines."--Doody's