Critical Thinking in Health & Social Care is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and tools they need to critically examine practice in their own workplace. The book presents a range of different approaches, each of which is explained and grounded in practice using case studies, problem-solving scenarios and workplace examples. The practical tools which form the core of the book are contextualised by an exploration of what constitutes knowledge and evidence and the types of assumptions which are commonly held and which have a bearing on practice.

Moral Reasoning

Moral Reasoning

Moral reasoning
LizSmith and StellaJones-Devitt

This chapter explores applied or practical ethics and discusses the use of moral reasoning as a critical thinking tool within health and social care. It considers key ethical theories and moral principles and their application to ethical decision-making in health and social care and offers an analysis of moral reasoning as a critical thinking tool. Activities and exercises are designed to assist with the application of theory to practice and identify the link between moral reasoning and decision-making at a clinical, management and organisational level.

Chapter Aims

  • To explore the concept of moral reasoning as a means of critical thinking in health and social care
  • To promote reflection on the relevance and value of moral reasoning to health and social care

Learning Outcomes

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