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EthicsContemporary challenges in health and social care$
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Audrey Leathard and Susan McLaren

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347558.001.0001

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Ethics and contemporary challenges in health and social care

Ethics and contemporary challenges in health and social care

(p.18) (p.19) Two Ethics and contemporary challenges in health and social care

Louise Terry

Policy Press

This chapter explains ethical theories, principles, and issues of relevance in health and social care, including some recent trends in contemporary policy and practice with ethical implications. The first section separates ethics from morality. It examines the distinctions between normative and non-normative ethics, virtue ethics, ethics, and law. Examples of ethical challenges are identified, highlighting issues common to health and social care. Finally, the changing nature of professional roles and relationships, the role of protocols in relation to professional autonomy, lack of trust, changing social trends, potentially infinite demand for finite resources, increasing ethnic diversity, policy drivers towards quality and targets, and risk assessment and risk management are explored.

Keywords:   ethical theories, health care, morality, normative ethics, non-normative ethics, virtue ethics, law

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