Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: November 27, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412953948 | Print ISBN: 9781412928168 | Online ISBN: 9781412953948| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Ethics in Health Care
James M. DuBois & Nathaniel J. Brown
Although health care is primarily delivered to individual patients, health care ethics examines issues that relate to many stakeholders, including patients (first and foremost), families, providers, institutions, thirdparty payers, and society. Ethics in health care can richly overlap with other areas of ethical enquiry such as organizational and business ethics, as well as research and public health ethics. Health care ethics is a young and loosely defined interdisciplinary field with a diverse community of scholars; however, it has been recognized as a field of study within the university, and it has a shared vocabulary, specialized journals, research funding, and an identifiable body of topics of concern. Scholars in the field of health care ethics seek consensus where possible, and when consensus is not possible, the goal is dialogue with mutual respect to advance understanding. Health care ethics draws on a wide variety of tools from a number of disciplines. The ...