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Bioethical Principles and Clinical Decision Making

  • Candice S. Rettie
  • Randall S. Burd

Summary

It is critical for physicians to understand the concepts underlying the four principles of bioethics (autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice). Bioethics should be integrated into all components of patient care. By familiarizing yourself with the principles of bioethics and thinking about how to handle frequently encountered ethical situations, you will be able to address these issues when you encounter them. By using the four principles of bioethics, patient satisfaction is enhanced, patient adherence to therapeutic regimens is increased, physician satisfaction is enhanced, and health care is ultimately improved.

Keywords

Advance Directive Physician Satisfaction Hippocratic Oath Bioethical Principle Resuscitation Status 
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Selected Readings

  1. Beauchamp TL, Childress JF. Principles of Biomedical Ethics, 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1983.Google Scholar
  2. Drickamer M. Ethics in clinical practice. In: Rosenthal RA, Zenilman ME, Katlic MR, eds. Principles and Practice of Geriatric Surgery. New York: Springer-Verlag, 2001.Google Scholar
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Candice S. Rettie
    • 1
  • Randall S. Burd
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular SurgeryUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew Brunswick
  2. 2.Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric SurgeryUniversity of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolNew BrunswickUSA

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