Patient safety and ethics are interrelated concepts. Clinical ethics is similar to other clinical practices and can be evaluated and improved using basic quality improvement principles. Distilling ethical issues clinically can be facilitated by identifying specific elements of safety and how they are affected by the ethical concerns. In addition, promoting patient safety rests on core ethical principles ubiquitous in medicine—the professional duties to provide benefit and prevent harm. Tying these ethical principles to quality and safety analysis has been a strong motivator in quality and safety improvement. Further, describing safety issues in terms of ethical responsibilities has the potential to motivate individual providers to improve quality and safety within their personal practice.
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