Conscientious Objection in Health Care: An Ethical Analysis by Mark R. Wicclair

By Mark R. Wicclair

Traditionally linked to army provider, conscientious objection has develop into an important phenomenon in future health care. Mark Wicclair deals a entire moral research of conscientious objection in 3 consultant future health care professions: drugs, nursing and pharmacy. He severely examines severe positions: the 'incompatibility thesis', that it really is opposite to the pro duties of practitioners to refuse provision of any carrier in the scope in their specialist competence; and 'conscience absolutism', that they need to be exempted from appearing any motion opposite to their judgment of right and wrong. He argues for a compromise technique that contains conscience-based refusals in the limits of designated moral constraints. He additionally explores conscientious objection through scholars in all the 3 professions, discusses sense of right and wrong defense laws and conscience-based refusals through pharmacies and hospitals, and analyzes numerous situations. His ebook is a invaluable source for students, execs, trainees, scholars, and someone drawn to this more and more vital point of future health care

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There are three exceptions: (1) physicians may not refuse to accept patients in medical emergencies; (2) a decision to refuse to accept a patient may not be based on invidious discrimination; and (3) physicians may not decline to accept patients in violation of contractual obligations. Abortion Act of 1967 (c. 87). aspx; accessed October 17, 2010. 18 Introduction Whereas abortion and sterilization were the primary initial targets of conscience-based refusals by US health care professionals, the scope of procedures and services subsequently widened significantly.

34 Three approaches to conscientious objection At the other extreme, compromise is rejected by those who maintain that there are no ethical constraints on the exercise of conscience by health care professionals. ” According to conscience absolutism, health care professionals generally do not have an obligation to perform any action, including disclosure and referral, contrary to their conscience. In Chapter 3, I will explain and defend a compromise approach based on core professional obligations of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

Cfm; accessed July 9, 2010. com/Consumer/whatis_Main. asp; accessed July 9, 2010. In December 2006, the FDA provided the following description of the restricted distribution of Plan B: Plan B will only be sold in pharmacies/stores staffed by a licensed pharmacist. In order to purchase Plan B over-the-counter, personal identification showing proof of age (18) [now 17] is required. Plan B will be available behind the counter at the pharmacy in order to manage both prescription (17 years and under) [now under 17] and OTC (18 years and over) [now 17 years and over] dispensing.

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