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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Universal Principles of Biomedical Ethics

Universal Principles of Biomedical Ethics

A. Autonomy- the word comes from the greek autos (self) and nomos (governance).

B.  Veracity- binds both the health practitioner and the patient in an association of truth.

C. Beneficence- the common English usage of the term beneficence suggests acts of mercy and charity, although it certainly maybe expanded to include any action that benefits another.

D. Nonmaleficence- most health care professional pledges or codes of care echo the principle paraphrased from the Hippocratic Oath statement “ I will never use treatment to injure or wrong the sick.

E.  Confidentiality- is an important aspect of the trust that patient placed in health care professionals.

F.   Justice- the maintenance of this ethical principle is seemingly is very simple in the abstract and complex in application as it looks at the concepts of fairness, just desert, and entitlements.

G. Role fidelity- modern health care is the practice of the team, as no single individual can maintain the data bank of information needed to provide rational care.
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