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Should ethics consultants help clinicians face scarcity in their practice?
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 1195027
Author(s) Hurst, S A; Reiter-Theil, S; Slowther, A-M; Pegoraro, R; Forde, R; Danis, M
Author(s) at UniBasel Reiter-Theil, Stella
Year 2008
Title Should ethics consultants help clinicians face scarcity in their practice?
Journal Journal of medical ethics
Volume 34
Number 4
Pages / Article-Number 241-6
Abstract In an international survey of rationing we have found that European physicians encounter scarcity-related ethical difficulties, and are dissatified with the resolution of many of these cases. Here we further examine survey results to explore whether ethics support services would be potentially useful in addressing scarcity related ethical dilemmas. Results indicate that while the type of help offered by ethics support services was considered helpful by physicians, they rarely referred difficulties regarding scarcity to ethics consultation. We propose that ethics consultants could assist physicians by making the process less difficult, and by contributing to decisions being more ethically justifiable. Expertise in bringing considerations of justice to bear on real cases could also be useful in recognising an unjust limit, as opposed to a merely frustrating limit. Though these situations are unlikely to be among the most frequently referred to ethics support services, ethics consultants should be prepared to address them.
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN/ISBN 0306-6800
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1136/jme.2006.019828
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000254461800005
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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