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The imbedded role of ethics in healthcare: a contribution from translational research

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dc.contributor.author Lategan, Laetus O.K.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-21T09:46:03Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-21T09:46:03Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.issn 1013-1116
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1847
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract The practice of public and global health confirms that ethics is imbedded in healthcare. Although ethics may be regarded as inherent to the healthcare profession, values and trust are challenged because of the quality of product (service and delivery), inequality in the global healthcare system and rapid technological developments in healthcare. Regardless of good systems and supportive ethical codes in healthcare practices, there are nevertheless ethical challenges in healthcare. This situation necessitates an attempt to understand the dual role that ethics can play as foundation for healthcare systems based on the global accepted understanding of “do no harm” and as an activity alongside many other healthcare activities. This paper discusses these roles of healthcare ethics in addition to the existing, but limited, focus on the patient in the healthcare system. The argument is presented that attention should be given to the ethical needs of those people (in different roles) engaged in the delivery of healthcare. The focus of the paper is on the role that ethics can play in healthcare as a system and a service. Four developments are identified in support of this focus, namely the cost of healthcare; cultural influences on and preparedness for service; the increasing number of aged individuals and their healthcare needs; and ethical challenges such as informed consent. From these developments the central perspective of the paper is presented, namely that ethics should be part of any healthcare system and the promotion of the well-being of people in healthcare, rather than merely the health of the individual patient only. Glouberman and Mintzberg’s identification of four worlds (cure, care, control and community) is used as context for the argument. The research is based on a translational research methodology approach to provide best practice perspectives to the healthcare industry. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Journal for Christian Scholarship = Tydskrif vir Christelike Wetenskap en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Volume 52;Issue 3
dc.subject healthcare en_US
dc.subject healthcare ethics en_US
dc.subject public health en_US
dc.subject global health en_US
dc.subject care en_US
dc.title The imbedded role of ethics in healthcare: a contribution from translational research en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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