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Time for a unified approach to medical ethics.

  • Editorial & Opinion
  • Lakhan SE; Global Neuroscience Initiative Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
    Hamlat E
    McNamee T
    Laird C
  • Philosophy, ethics, and humanities in medicine : PEHM [Philos Ethics Humanit Med] 2009 Sep 08; Vol. 4, pp. 13. Date of Electronic Publication: 2009 Sep 08.
  • English
  • A code of ethics is used by individuals to justify their actions within an environment. Medical professionals require a keen understanding of specific ethical codes due to the potential consequences of their actions. Over the past thirty years there has been an increase in the scope and depth of ethics instruction in the medical profession; however the teaching of these codes is still highly variable. This inconsistency in implementation is problematic both for the medical practitioner and for the patient; without standardized training, neither party can be assured of the practitioner's overall depth of knowledge. Within the field of ethics certain principles have reached a consensus of importance. Incorporation of these concepts in meaningful ways via a consistent curriculum would provide students with an appropriate skill set for navigating their ethical environment. Moreover, this curriculum should also be extended to residents and professionals who may have missed formal ethical training. This would provide a consistent framework of knowledge for practitioners, creating a basis for clear judgment of complex issues.
Additional Information
Publisher: BioMed Central Country of Publication: England NLM ID: 101258058 Publication Model: Electronic Cited Medium: Internet ISSN: 1747-5341 (Electronic) Linking ISSN: 17475341 NLM ISO Abbreviation: Philos Ethics Humanit Med Subsets: MEDLINE
Original Publication: [London] : BioMed Central, 2006-
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Date Created: 20090910 Date Completed: 20100929 Latest Revision: 20211020