What Patients Teach: The Everyday Ethics of Health Care

Paperback | October 14, 2016

EditorLarry R. ChurchillbyJoseph B. Fanning, David Schenck

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Being a patient is a unique interpersonal experience but it is also a universal human experience. The relationships formed when we are patients can also teach some of life's most important lessons, and these relationships provide a special window into ethics, especially the ethics ofhealthcare professionals. This book answers two basic questions: As patients see it, what things allow relationships with healthcare providers to become therapeutic? What can this teach us about healthcare ethics? This volume presents detailed descriptions and analyses of 50 interviews with 58patients, representing a wide spectrum of illnesses and clinician specialties. The authors argue that the structure, rhythm, and horizon of routine patient care are ultimately grounded in patient vulnerability and clinician responsiveness. From the short interview segments, the longer vignettes and the full patient stories presented here emerge the neglected dimensions ofhealthcare and healthcare ethics. What becomes visible is an ethics of everyday interdependence, with mutual responsibilities that follow from this moral symbiosis. Both professional expressions of healthcare ethics and the field of bioethics need to be informed and reformed by this distinctive,more patient-centered, turn in how we understand both patient care as a whole and the ethics of care more specifically. The final chapters present revised codes of ethics for health professionals, as well as the implications for medical and health professions education.

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Being a patient is a unique interpersonal experience but it is also a universal human experience. The relationships formed when we are patients can also teach some of life's most important lessons, and these relationships provide a special window into ethics, especially the ethics ofhealthcare professionals. This book answers two basic...

Larry R. Churchill is the Anne Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine and Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Vanderbilt. His major works include a 1987 book Rationing Health Care in America (Univ. of Notre Dame Press), a 1994 book Self-Interest and Universal Health Care (Harvard Univ. Press, selected a ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 14, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The essential opinions about patients expressed by the physicians in Healers are ineluctably subjective; they are not measurable and cannot be made objective. To comprehend that is to realize also how imperative thoughtful subjectivity is not only to clinical medicine and bioethics but alsoto how persons live their lives generally. Understand that, and you will begin to be free of scientism outside of its rightful domain. I believe you will come away from these books with an increased appreciation of healing and a wider and more human view of ethics." --Hastings Center Report