Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions, 5th Edition

Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions

5th Edition

By Ruth B. Purtilo, PhD, FAPTA, Professor Emerita of Ethics, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; John Marsh Visiting Professor, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT and Regina F. Doherty, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; Senior Occupational Therapist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


Section I: Introduction to Ethical Dimensions in the Health Professions
1. Morality and Ethics: What are They and Why do They Matter?
2. The Ethical Goal of Professional Practice: A Caring Response
3. Prototypes of Ethical Problems
4. Ethics Theories and Approaches: Conceptual Tools for Ethical Decision-Making
5. A Six-Step Process of Ethical Decision Making in Arriving at a Caring Response
Section II: Ethical Dimensions of Professional Roles
6. Surviving Student Life Ethically
7. Surviving Professional Life Ethically
8. Living Ethically within Health Care Organizations
9. Living Ethically as a Member of the Health Care Team
Section III: Ethical Dimensions of the Professional-Patient Relationship
10. Why Honor Confidentiality
11. Communication and Information Sharing
12. Informed Consent in Treatment and Clinical Research
Section IV: Ethical Dimensions of Chronic and End of Life Care
13. Ethical Issues in Chronic Care
14. Ethical Issues in End of Life Care
Section V: Ethical Dimensions of the Social Context of Health Care
15. Distributive Justice: Clinical Sources of Claims for Health Care
16. Compensatory and Social Justice: Societal Sources of Claims for Health Care
17. Professionals as Good Citizens: Responsibility and Opportunity