Organization Ethics in Health Care

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

byEdward M. Spencer, Ann E. Mills, Mary V. Rorty

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The ethical aspects of the operation of healthcare organizations (HCOs) are central to the delivery of health care. Organization Ethics in Health Care begins by assessing the shortcomings of clinical ethics, business ethics, and professional ethics as a basis for solving problems that haveemerged in healthcare delivery systems since the advent of managed care. The text focuses on the meaning of the developent of the HCO in our society and what its present status is. The authors point out that moral parameters endorsed by society have guided previous shifts in the relationships amongimportant HCO stakeholders, but that these parameters have been unclear or missing altogether during the past tumultous decade. Finally, they describe the key elements for the successful implementation of a fully functioning healthcare organization ethics program and what it can mean to theinstitution, its associated clinicians and employees, its patients, and its community. Moving from theory to practical application, this book will serve as an excellent student text, a professional guide, and a reference work.

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The ethical aspects of the operation of healthcare organizations (HCOs) are central to the delivery of health care. Organization Ethics in Health Care begins by assessing the shortcomings of clinical ethics, business ethics, and professional ethics as a basis for solving problems that haveemerged in healthcare delivery systems since t...

Edward M. Spencer, Ann E. Mills, and Mary V. Rorty are all at the Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia. Patricia H. Werhane is at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195129806

ISBN - 13:9780195129809

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. A Philosophical Basis for Organization Ethics3. Clinical Ethics and Organizatin Ethics4. Business Ethics and Organization Ethics5. Professional Ethics and Organization Ethics6. Relationship of Social Climate to the Historical7. The Ethical Climate in Today's Healthcare Organization8. Developing a positive Ethical Climate in the Healthcare Organization9. Instituting an Organization Ethics Program10. Compliance, Risk Management and Quality Improvement Programs11. Organization Ethics Activities and Their Evaluation12. Conclusion

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(continued from above)The authors do not intend to provide a handbook, but they do see their work as establishing a practical framework for thinking about the challenges posed by organizations. Their goal is admirably met. One can only hope that chief operating officers, chief executives,and members of boards of directors and others in positions of leadership in health care organizations will read and seriously consider this work. Bioethicists, too, who have long worked on public policy aspects of health care ethics and clinical ethics, would do well to think seriously aboutorganization ethics."--Hastings Center Report