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Accountability : Patient Safety and Policy Reform
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ISBN: 1589012305 Year: 2004 Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press,

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According to a recent Institute of Medicine report, as many as 98,000 Americans die each year as a result of medical error-a figure higher than deaths from automobile accidents, breast cancer, or AIDS. That astounding number of fatalities does not include the number of those serious mistakes that are grievous and damaging but not fatal. Who can forget the tragic case of 17-year-old Jésica Santillán, who died after receiving a heart-lung transplant with an incompatible blood type? What can be done about this? What should be done? How can patients and their families regain a sense of trust in th

Medical harm : historical, conceptual, and ethical dimensions of iatrogenic illness.
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ISBN: 0521571332 0521634903 Year: 1999 Publisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press,

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It is estimated that up to thirteen percent of hospital admissions result from the adverse effects of diagnosis or treatment, and that almost seventy percent of iatrogenic complications are preventable. The obligation to 'do not harm' has been central to medical conduct since ancient times, yet iatrogenic illness - literally, illness or injury that is induced by the physician - has now come to be recognized as a significant risk factor in health care delivery. The authors examine the emerging concept of iatrogenic illness in the context of historical developments in medical science, practice and legislation, particularly in the United States. They integrate history, philosophy, medical ethics and empirical data to examine the concept and phenomenon of medical harm, covering such issues as appropriateness of care, acceptable risk, and practitioner accountability.


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Medical harm : historical, conceptual, and ethical dimensions of iatrogenic illness
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Year: 1998 Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge university press,

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Medical harm : historical, conceptual, and ethical dimensions of iatrogenic illness
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ISBN: 0511527020 Year: 1998 Publisher: Cambridge ; New York, N.Y. : Cambridge University Press,

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It is estimated that up to thirteen percent of hospital admissions result from the adverse effects of diagnosis or treatment, and that almost seventy percent of iatrogenic complications are preventable. The obligation to 'do no harm' has been central to medical conduct since ancient times, yet iatrogenic illness has now come to be recognized as a significant risk factor in health care delivery. This book integrates history, philosophy, medical ethics and empirical data to examine the concept and phenomenon of medical harm. Issues covered include appropriateness of care, acceptable risk and practitioner accountability, and the book concludes with recommendations for limiting iatrogenic harm. Essential reading for medical ethicists, physicians and those involved in health care policy and administration, this stimulating and highly readable book will be of interest to all providers of health care, and many of their patients.

The ethics of hospital trustees.
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ISBN: 1589010159 Year: 2004 Publisher: Washington Georgetown University Press,

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All manner of medical practitioners have had their scruples dissected ad infinitum. In spite of the attention paid to medical ethics and bioethics, little has been paid to the ethical roles and responsibilities of those who are ultimately in charge of hospital governance: hospital trustees. Deriving from a Hastings Center research project involving meetings with a national task force of experts and extensive interviews with 98 nonprofit hospital trustees and CEOs over a two-year period, The Ethics of Hospital Trustees shows that the decisions made by these often overlooked members of the health community do raise important ethical issues, and that ethical dimensions of trustee service should be more explicitly recognized and discussed. Practical as well as theoretical, The Ethics of Hospital Trustees uncovers four basic principles: 1. Fidelity to mission; 2. Service to patients; 3. Service to the community; and 4. Institutional stewardship.In delineating the extremely important functions of hospital trustees, from patient safety to financial responsibility, the contributors outline not only how hospital trustees do perform-they give a fresh understanding to how they should perform as well.

The ethics of bioethics : mapping the moral landscape.
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ISBN: 9780801886126 0801886120 9780801886096 0801886090 Year: 2007 Publisher: Baltimore Johns Hopkins university press,

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Stem cell research. Drug company influence. Abortion. Contraception. Long-term and end-of-life care. Human participants research. Informed consent. The list of ethical issues in science, medicine, and public health is long and continually growing. These complex issues pose a daunting task for professionals in the expanding field of bioethics. But what of the practice of bioethics itself? What issues do ethicists and bioethicists confront in their efforts to facilitate sound moral reasoning and judgment in a variety of venues? Are those immersed in the field capable of making the right decisions? How and why do they face moral challenge -- and even compromise -- as ethicists? What values should guide them? In The Ethics of Bioethics, Lisa A. Eckenwiler and Felicia G. Cohn tackle these questions head on, bringing together notable medical ethicists and people outside the discipline to discuss common criticisms, the field's inherent tensions, and efforts to assign values and assess success. Through twenty-five lively essays examining the field's history and trends, shortcomings and strengths, and the political and policy interplay within the bioethical realm, this comprehensive book begins a much-needed critical and constructive discussion of the moral landscape of bioethics.

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