Ethics in Health Care

Author: Tonder, S. van

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  • ISBN: 9780702166792
  • Author: Tonder, S. van
  • Publ Date: 2007-06-08
  • Edition: 2
  • Pages: 320
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  • Status: O/P
  • ID - 7034

Table of Contents :

Perspectives on health care ethics: The moral and ethical foundation of nursing; the caring ethic in health care. Perspectives on ethical theory, principles and decision-making in health care: Ethical theory and decision-making in nursing; ethical principles and rules in moral decision-making and professional/patient relationships. Perspectives on rights and relationships in health-care practice: Human rights and legal liability in nursing practice; ethical concerns in relationships between nurses, patients, family members and members of the health-care team; ethical concerns in relationships between nurses, their employing authorities and trade unions; the rights of patients and nurses in health care. Perspectives on ethical issues in health-care practice: Issues relating to nursing care from the beginning of life to adolescence; nursing care issues from the beginning of adulthood to the end of life; management ethics; ethics in research. Perspectives on transcultural issues in health-care practice: Dealing with cultural differences; religious and cultural forces in transcultural nursing. Perspectives on the application of ethical theory in health-care practice: Ethical principles in caring for HIV/AIDS patients.


An understanding of ethics is vital to the health-care professional. Being professional implies ethical behaviour and knowledge of what it means to be ethical. Building on the success of the first edition, this updated and expanded second edition addresses some of the most pressing ethical concerns and issues that affect health care in southern Africa. Ethical issues are considered from the perspective of the health-care professional with special reference to how they affect and are affected by health-care practice. Consideration is given to moral problems that confront the health-care professional on a daily basis, and to those that occur throughout the lifespan of their patients. The text covers such topics as health-care ethics; ethical theory, principles and decision making; rights and relationships in health-care practice; transcultural issues, and the application of ethical theory in health-care practice. This second edition ensures that "Ethics in Health Care" will maintain its position as the definitive text in this discipline.

Author Biography:

S. Van Tonder is a professor emeritus in the department of health studies at the University of South Africa-Pretoria. S. A. Pera is a professor in the same department.


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