Ethical Issues in Geriatric Psychiatry
In recent years in many nations throughout the world, medical ethics has been receiving increased attention by the news media, by religious and human rights organizations, by the legal profession, and by governments. The medical profession has not only responded to such pressure, but also has been attempting to foresee the emergence of new ethical problems and to develop applicable guidelines. The reasons for this increased activity cannot be attributed to the existence of major defects within the generally accepted code of medical ethics, but results from rapid changes in social values, particularly the emphasis on the rights of the individual, and by major advances in science and technology including the extension of the length of life. History clearly demonstrates that professional ethics are constantly evolving. How and why such changes or shifts occur should be understood by the physician, by patients, and the public.1, 2
KeywordsEthical Issue Professional Ethic Geriatric Psychiatry Legal Profession Frail Elderly Person
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