Health Ethics Guide


by Catholic Health Alliance of Canada

Health Ethics Guide
Publication date: 2012-08-15
Number of pages: 162
ISBN: 9780920705438
This book is dedicated to health-care professionals such as doctors, nurses and researchers, as well as teachers and professors, who are looking to explore Roman Catholic teachings in the context of medicine and ethics. This newest and most up-to-date revision of the popular ethics guide presents a handy reference of the fundamental values and principles used in ethical decision-making. It presents a moral vision reflecting Roman Catholic teaching on health ethics as it applies to the complex ethical issues of contemporary society. It covers pertinent aspects pertaining to those receiving care from health and social service organizations and the moral obligations of those who govern and administer such organizations. The publication is relevant for caregivers, personnel and all those interested in sound ethical reflection. Table of Contents PREAMBLE INTRODUCTION Loving Compassion and the Healing Relationship The Context of Ethical Reflection The Call to Respect Dignity The Call to Foster Trust in Care The Call to Promote Justice Responding to the Gospel Call for Compassion and Healing Service The Call to Compassion and Ethical Reflection Fundamental Moral Values The Health Ethics Guide CHAPTER ONE: THE SOCIAL NATURE OF CARE Introductory Comments Health Care The Catholic Vision of Health and Social Service Health and Healing Christian Healing Ministry Mission of Catholic Health and Social Service Organizations Social Responsibility Commitment to Education and Research CHAPTER TWO: DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON Introductory Comments Respect for Every Person The Primary Role of the Person Receiving Care Informed Decision Making Privacy and Confidentiality of Information Emotional and Family Bonds Spiritual and Religious Care Respect for Varying Cultures and Traditions Conscientious Objection Inadequate or Inappropriate Discharge Mental Health Restraints Abuse of Persons Receiving Care Care of Those Assaulted Promotion of Dignity Regarding Sexuality and Persons Receiving Care Gender Reassignment Sexuality and Public Health CHAPTER THREE: CARE AT THE BEGINNING OF LIFE Introductory Comments Health Issues Unique to Women Responsible Parenthood to Be Fostered Regulation of Conception Sterilization Acceptable Means to Aid Fertilization Unacceptable Means to Aid Fertilization Reproductive Surrogacy Respect for Embryos and Fetuses Medical Treatment of Pregnant Women Early Induction after Viability Cryopreservation Conditions for Participation in Genetic Screening Programs Pre-implantation Diagnosis Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment Care of Parents, Family Members and Staff in Distress Care of Human Remains CHAPTER FOUR: CARE AT THE END OF LIFE Introductory Comments Care of Persons at the End of Life Palliative Care Decision Making and the Dying Person Refusing and Stopping Treatment Attending to Differences and Distress in Decision Making Medically Assisted Nutrition and Hydration Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Suicide and Euthanasia Advance Care Planning CHAPTER FIVE: ORGAN DONATION Introductory Comments Respect for Donor and Recipient Eligibility for Being a Recipient Living Donors Deceased Donors Donation after Cardiac Death Distinct Health Care and Transplantation Teams Monetary Remuneration Donation from Aborted Fetuses Brain Cell Transplantations Disposal of Human Organs and Tissues Use of Animals CHAPTER SIX: RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMANS Introductory Comments Purpose of Research Criteria for Research Studies Consent, Capacity and Informed Decision Making Protection of Personal Health Information Conflict of Interest Research on Gametes, Embryos and Fetuses Stem Cell Research Reproductive Cloning Genetic Research Gene Patenting Research on Animals CHAPTER SEVEN: GOVERNANCE AND ADMINISTRATION Introductory Comments Governance Administration Collaborative Relationships Allocation of Resources Rationing of Resources Spiritual and Religious Care Fostering an Ethical Environment Establishing a Process for Ethical Reflection by Management Addressing Ethical Issues Organizational Response to Conscientious Objection Employer/Employee Relationships Conflict of Interest Alternative Sources of Revenue Abuse of Care Providers Dealing with Complaints Disclosure of Adverse Events or Possible Scandal APPENDIX I – Making Moral Judgements Conscience Interpretive Principles APPENDIX II Glossary of Terms INDEX 185748 Catholic Health Alliance of Canada
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