Ethical problems in clinical practice: the ethical reasoning of health care professionals
Despite a burgeoning literature about how and what health care professionals ought to think about ethical issues, there are surprisingly few studies looking into how they actually do think. This new study provides a thorough analysis of the ethical reasoning of doctors and nurses. Based on extensive interviews, Soren Holm shows how qualitative research methods can be used to study ethical reasoning, and that the results of such studies are important for normative ethics, that is, in thinking about how health care professionals ought to act. Combining extensive analysis with qualitative interview data, Ethical Problems in Clinical Practice is a significant and original contribution to work on the theory and method of bioethics.
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