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Values, Ethics and Health Care

Values, Ethics and Health Care

First Edition

November 2009 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Why is thinking about values and ethics a crucial component of health care training and practice? How can we go about engaging in such thinking?

Values, Ethics and Health Care responds to these essential questions. It examines key ethical frameworks and debates within the field of healthcare, locating them firmly in their social and occupational contexts. Guiding students through a range of dilemmas and difficulties encountered in health care practice with case studies and real-life examples, this lively text illustrates how to apply knowledge to professional practice and decision-making.

Key Features

  • Offers a critical and reflective understanding of health care ethics and values
  • Presents an interprofessional approach
  • Relates theory to 'everyday' ethics
  • Includes student-friendly features such as real-life examples, 'thinking about' points, and links to further reading

The book will be essential reading for undergraduates taking courses in Values, Ethics and Professional Practice as part of health studies degree programs. It will also be useful for graduate students as well as practitioners in the field.

Health Care: Why Should we be Concerned about Values and Ethics?
Values, Health and Health Care
Values and Ethics in Health Care: Historical Perspectives
Ethical Thinking: Obligations and Consequences
Ethical Thinking: The Four Principles of Health Care Ethics
Ethics from the ‘Outside In’ or the ‘Inside Out’? Codes of Conduct and ‘Virtuous Lives’
The Welfare of the Individual: Health Care, Autonomy and Informed Consent
The Welfare of the Public: Justice, Resources and Health Policy
Health Care Research: Questions of Values and Ethics
Frameworks for Further Thinking

Helpful book for students to be able to gain some understanding of ethical issues in healthcare. Accessible and not too detailed so good for students who may struggle with a lot of reading.

Miss Charlotte Anne Clark
College Road, Croydon College
June 27, 2019

The inter professional nature of this text suits the range of students on the course

Mr Timothy Wallis
Health , University Campus Oldham
August 9, 2016

Values and ethics texts are often hard going, not so this delightful, one by Peter Duncan. The use of case studies and his notion of 'ordinary' health care enable him to deliver a readable and accessible book with many layers. This then will take the reader into careful and reflective thinking and discourse that they might otherwise not have considered.

Mr Timothy Wallis
Health, University Campus Oldham
June 8, 2015

Excellent book which helps students and faculty discuss professional ethics from various angles. In doing so it not only helps us understand the contingent nature of ethics but also allows for the development of critical thinking per se.

Mr Michael Klingenberg
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences, Leeds Beckett University
September 10, 2015

This is a an excellent clear and concise book which really addresses ethics in nursing.

Mrs Suzanne Everett
Nursing and Midwifery, Middlesex University
January 6, 2015

Good as a supplementary reading some issues pertinent to midwifery

FHSC, London South Bank University
October 13, 2014

This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in learning more about health and social care values. What I enjoyed about the book is the case examples used throughout to demonstrate how values can be applied in real settings. Some emphasis on ethical challenges faced by health care providers. Useful for a range of readers including A levels, undergraduate and post graduate students.

Miss Caroline Mckeever
Health and Social Care, North West Regional College
September 26, 2014

This book gives the undergraduate students a solid foundation for further studies in Healthcare Ethics.

Dr S. Alexander Riley
Arts and Health Sciences, United States University
December 29, 2013

In Values, Ethics and Health Care the authors have provided students with an accesible and managable introduction to the subject, allowing them the opportunity to develop essential knowledge and skills which are crucial for their academic and vocational development.

Mrs Lynne Bedson
Institure of Health and Wellbeing, Coleg Llandrillo Cymru
August 27, 2013

A highly valuable text which students from all health care professions can adapt into their own practice. I will be using this text with both paramedics and nurses.

Mrs Sam Pollitt
School of Nursing and Caring Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
May 1, 2013

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