Health and the Good Society: Setting Healthcare Ethics in Social Context

Paperback | July 15, 2008

byAlan Cribb

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The goals of healthcare and health policy, and the health-related dilemmas facing policy makers, professionals, and citizens are extensively analysed and debated in a range of disciplines including public health, sociology, and applied philosophy. Health and the Good Society is the firstfull-length work that addresses these debates in a way that cuts across these disciplinary boundaries. Alan Cribb's core argument is that clinical ethics needs to be understood in the context of public health ethics. This entails healthcare ethics embracing 'the social dimension' of health in two overlapping senses: first, the various respects in which health experiences and outcomes are sociallydetermined; and second, the ways in which health-related goods are better understood as social rather then purely individual goods. This broader approach to the ethics of healthcare includes a concern with the social construction of both healthcare goods and the roles, ideals, and obligations ofagents; that is to say it focuses upon the 'value field' of health-related action and not only upon the ethics of action within this value field. This groundbreaking book thus seeks to 'open up' the agenda of healthcare ethics both methodologically and substantively: it argues thatpopulation-oriented perspectives are central to all healthcare ethics, and that everybody has some share of responsibility for securing health-related goods including the good of greater health equality. One of its major conclusions is that the rather limited tradition of health education policy andpractice needs a complete re-think.

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The goals of healthcare and health policy, and the health-related dilemmas facing policy makers, professionals, and citizens are extensively analysed and debated in a range of disciplines including public health, sociology, and applied philosophy. Health and the Good Society is the firstfull-length work that addresses these debates in...

ALan Cribb is Professor of bioethics and education at King's College London

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199232946

ISBN - 13:9780199232949

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Evolving Value Field of Healthcare1. The Diffusion of the Public Health Agenda2. Producing the Goods: Health, Welfare, and Well-being3. Participation in Health Decisions: Patient and Community EmpowermentPart II. Health Policy Ethics4. Health Promotion and the Good Society5. The Distribution of Health and Healthcare6. Responsibility for HealthPart III. Institutions and Vocations7. Professional Ethics in Context8. Managing Healthcare: Making or breaking healthcare goods?9. The Boundaries of Professional LegitimacyPart IV. Education, Ethics, and Agenda Setting10. Rethinking Health Education11. Towards a Socially Reflexive Healthcare Ethics12. Making the Health Agenda

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`Review from previous edition both an engaging and a challenging read'Lynette Reid, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews