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

Organizational Ethics

Organizational ethics

Introduction

Most healthcare systems face challenges relating to changing patient demographics, changes in the public and private sectors, emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency and cost-containment, and changing professional roles. Healthcare organizations (HCOs) often face ethical dilemmas, especially in times of stress and change.

Organizational ethics has the goal of guiding the ethical behavior of organizations. It has done so mainly by focusing on processes that encourage ethical decision making throughout organizations. However, the ethical dilemmas faced by HCOs differ from those faced by clinicians in the care of individual patients. We hold that processes alone are not apt to guide decision making at the board level of organizations involved in health care. We therefore developed a normative framework for healthcare organizational ethics using four ...

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