The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics is an influential collection of work by leading scholars on the fundamental and emerging themes which define healthcare ethics. This authoritative Handbook brings together experts with backgrounds in philosophy, sociology, law, public policy and the health professions and reflects the increasing impact of globalization and the dynamic advances in the fields of bioscience and genetics, which keep ethics at the centre of debates about the future direction of healthcare. Combining international and interdisciplinary perspectives, the Handbook provides a cutting-edge account of debates in five key areas: Health Care Ethics in an Era of Globalization; Beginning and End of Life; Vulnerable Populations; Research Ethics and Technologies; Public Health and Human Rights

Professional Codes

Professional codes

Introduction

A professional code is a set of ethical rules or similar standards (usually written) governing members of a profession just because they are members of that profession. Professional codes are distinct from codes of organizational ethics, such as those that apply to employees of a business or members of a scientific or technical society. They are also distinct from codes of ethics that apply to participants in an ‘institution’, that is, an organized location in which several professions or occupations work together, such as a hospital or research laboratory. Among other names for professional code are: code of professional conduct; rules of professional responsibility; canons of professional ethics; principles of professional practice; and professional guidelines. What matters is not the exact name ...

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