Ethics and clinical practice: a behavioural analysis

  • Chris Cullen


What people ‘do’, rather than what they ‘say’ they do, represents the true heart of ethics. For those concerned to ‘help’ people with some handicap or disability, whether or not their actions ‘work’ is of paramount importance. A central debate exists about whether it is ethical to use techniques which realize objectives, whatever the cost, rather than use methods which are less effective, but less costly. This debate is of greatest relevance to people with major handicaps or disabilities: the groups who, traditionally, have had the least influence over the kind of services they receive. The selection of ‘appropriate’ interventions, by professionals, is most often determined by peer group pressure, rather than by a rational assessment of outcome.


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