Evidence-Based Medical Ethics

Cases for Practice-Based Learning

  • John E. Snyder
  • Candace C. Gauthier
  • Rosemarie Tong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Pages 111-118
  3. Pages 145-149
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 201-240

About this book


In the modern practice of medicine, new challenges complicate the ethical care of patients. Today’s times require a contemporary take on the concept of medical ethics. The idea for this textbook was born out of a need for a teaching resource that merges medical ethics theory with the practical needs of modern clinical medicine. In Evidence-Based Medical Ethics: Cases for Practice-Based Learning, the authors address what has been missing in existing text books and ethics courses to date – clear-cut ethical and legal guidelines that provide a method for the reader to learn how to systematically manage dilemmas seen in the everyday practice of medicine. The reader is guided through several "typical" patient scenarios and prompted by various questions that should be entertained by the treating health care provider. Then, relevant evidence-based medicine, legal precedent, and the ethical theory that applies to the situation are revealed. Often, finding the "best" ethical solution for each problem is automatic, as the solution often becomes self-evident during information-gathering. This general method is reinforced throughout the text with multiple different cases, using a practice-based approach by building on the reader’s developing skills. Additionally, we have sought to emphasize a culturally competent manner in resolving these dilemmas, respectfully addressing issues of age, gender, and culture whenever possible. The main goal of Evidence-Based Medical Ethics: Cases for Practice-Bases Learning is to assist the reader in adapting a patient-centered and evidence-based approach to dilemmas faced in their future practice of medicine.


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Authors and affiliations

  • John E. Snyder
    • 1
  • Candace C. Gauthier
    • 2
  • Rosemarie Tong
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine, New Hanover Regional Medical CenterThe University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill SEAHEC (South East Area Health Education Center)WilmingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Philosophy and ReligionUniversity of North Carolina WilmingtonWilmingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyThe University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotteUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2008
  • Publisher Name Humana Press
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-60327-245-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-60327-246-9
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