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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

This is an easily read, comprehensive book which complements the teaching of Health/research ethics

Mr Meryl Dimmock
Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Bedfordshire University
March 4, 2013

Essential reading for anyone engaging with research in a healthcare setting.
User friendly text.

Miss Tracey Barnfather
Midwifery Division, Northampton University
February 15, 2013

Highly recommended and have placed on reading lists as essential readings. If you are looking for an introductory text that begins to introduce Values in a very simply but effective way with great examples then I would highly recommended this text for students.

Miss Nevin Mehmet
Health , Greenwich University
November 23, 2012

Not focused sufficiently in mental health practice

Mr Barry Williams
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
October 12, 2012

A good sound text with a llikable layout and content relevant to present clinical activity.

Miss Carmel Parker
Laboratory medine, central manchester university hospitals
July 20, 2012

A bit demanding for our students, I expected more concrete information.

Ms Marita Salmu
Nursing, Vaasa university of applied sciences
February 28, 2012

Excellent book to explore different values and ethics in social care.

Mr Tyrone Perry-Harry
Faculty of Health and Social Care, Wiltshire College
November 21, 2011

A well planned and easily navigated text.
It is a suitable text for all levels of student and experience and is relevant to all aspects of care in the hospital and community setting

Ms Joanne O'Donnell
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester
October 24, 2011

A non threatening approach to some complex issues. Students are often intimidated by the concept of ethics in relation to understanding its context in health care. This book is informative and concise.

Mrs Kerry Welch
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
July 5, 2011

well researched providing the student with a good overview of the subject

Mr Andrew Yorke
Institute of health and society, Worcester University
June 30, 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

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