Practical Ethics for General Practice

Paperback | February 8, 2009

byWendy A Rogers, Annette Braunack-Mayer

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General practice provides the first point of contact to medical care for patients across the world. GPs have obligations to patients in their care, to the government for responsible use of resources, and to communities for the standard of health services provided. Ethics is at the heart ofhealth services, dealing with fundamental questions about what ought to be valued, and why. The two disciplines inevitably impact upon each other, and this book brings them together to focus on practical ethics for general practitioners.In this update of a successful first edition, the authors aim to: help GPs appreciate the ethically significant nature of general practice, drawing attention to the ethical complexity of apparently mundane and everyday experience; present a thoughtful and thought-provoking account of the moralfoundations of general practice, exploring how moral concepts such as trust, beneficence, respect for autonomy, and fairness take on unique meanings in the general practice setting; and to discuss some specific ethical issues in detail, offering solutions that are practical as well as ethicallysound. The focus is on practice throughout, ensuring through real cases and discussions with practitioners that the book is not abstract and esoteric in its discussion of philosophical principles, but that it is applicable in the real world of the doctor's surgery. The authors guide their readers throughbasic approaches to ethical reasoning and use of a practical ethics analysis framework suitable for use in all ethical dilemmas in medicine. Themes covered include the authors' research-based account of trust and the doctor-patient relationship, acting in the patient's best interests,confidentiality, making decisions with patients, beginning and end of life issues, treating children and adolescents, and role conflicts in general practice.

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General practice provides the first point of contact to medical care for patients across the world. GPs have obligations to patients in their care, to the government for responsible use of resources, and to communities for the standard of health services provided. Ethics is at the heart ofhealth services, dealing with fundamental ques...

Wendy Rogers leads the teaching of ethics, law and professionalism in the medical program at Flinders University. In 2007, she received a national Carrick award for her teaching in this area. Her current research projects include gender equity in health research, the ethics of influenza pandemic planning, and issues raised by biologic...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:248 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:February 8, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019923552X

ISBN - 13:9780199235520

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. General practice and ethics2. Ethical reasoning and general practice3. Trust and the doctor-patient relationship4. Difficult relationships with patients5. Confidentiality in general practice6. Beneficence, or Does the doctor know best?7. Resource allocation in general practice8. Making decisions: patient autonomy in general practice9. Ethical issues at the beginning of life10. Ethical issues in the care of children11. Ethical issues at the end of life12. Role conflicts in general practice13. On being a good doctor: virtues in general practice