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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 a very useful resource, I particularly like the fact that it provides more than just a descriptive outline of the issues. The author encourages the student to learn to critically evaluate the relevant issues by identifying problems with specific concepts.

Linda Wood
Tayside Institute for Health Studies, University of Abertay, Dundee
March 9, 2011

A really good book, well written and well structured. The 'Practice Examples' and 'Key Points' in each section make this easy to follow and understand.
There is plenty of additional reading as well relevant to each topic.

Ms Julie Burton
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
February 23, 2011

An easy to access book, which uses different examples to 'make the point' . Some excellent questions and examples are used throughout the book to encourage deeper understanding of what can be difficult topics for students to grasp. Well done.

Mrs Kerry Welch
School of Nursing, Nottingham University
January 13, 2011

Very useful and easy text around accountability and ethics. Useful for fda and post graduate courses recommended to reading list and also local NHS library

Mrs Pam Ashworth
School of Health and Social Sciences, Bolton University
August 24, 2010

Recommended as library stock. particularly useful for students who are focusing upon this topic as a dissertation or long study. Easy to read, well organised and covers contemporary material.

Mrs Melanie Fisher
Nursing, Northumbria University
August 10, 2010

A very useful & accessible resource for health and social care students on pre & post registration programs. The book encourages a deep approach to thinking & learning on ethical issues.

Mr Ian Hamilton
Health , Northumbria University
August 4, 2010

This text provides an excellent overview on how research and the values of the researcher intertwine with ethics. It is an easy to read text that accomplishes what it set out.

Dr William Evans
Dept of Nursing, Tralee Institute of Technology
May 4, 2010

A good introduction to values in healthcare, also provides students with the foundations for Values Based Practice

Sharon De Goeas
Inst of Nursing & Midwifery, Brighton University
March 5, 2010

This book covers the subject of ethics very well

Mrs Joanne Currid
school of nursing, Manchester University
February 25, 2010

This book provides students with a good background on the ethical issues associated with healthcare provision. I had origionally considered this book for a final year undergraduate module in which students are required to apply for ethical approval for their own research. However, the content is more suited to a module on evidence based heathcare as it provides good information on the ethical issues around decision making in health care.

Mr Paul Watts
Health , East London University
February 12, 2010

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