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  • Bioethics, medical law, and human rights 3/e
  • Moodley K
  • ISBN: 9780627041310
  • eISBN: N/A
  • ePub ISBN: 9780627041327
  • 390 Pages | Published: 2023

Healthcare delivery in the 21st century has become increasingly complex and demanding. Clinical consultations frequently raise scientific, ethical, and legal challenges. While scientific issues may be resolved using an evidence-based medicine approach, ethical theory is needed to justify decision making in the face of ethical conflict. Bioethics, medical law, and human rights: a South African perspective provides the conceptual background and analytic skills necessary to assist with the resolution of ethical dilemmas encountered in the South African healthcare environment. It uses case studies to help the healthcare team to identify and analyse ethical, moral and value concepts, and to apply these concepts to scenarios that they may encounter daily.

Part 1 explores theories and principles of ethics (including African philosophy), introduces medical law, discusses health and human rights, and makes the transition from theory to practice. Part 2 looks at specific topics in healthcare that raise challenges from an ethics perspective – HIV/AIDS, organ transplantation, mental healthcare, euthanasia, human reproduction, genetics, and considerations for working with children. Part 3 considers important contemporary issues such as emerging biotechnologies including genomics and ethical complexity, big data and artificial intelligence, pandemic ethics, and climate change. In view of the increasing emphasis on ethical considerations in healthcare from the Health Professions Council of South Africa and institutions of higher education, coupled with the rising incidence of litigation in healthcare, Bioethics, medical law, and human rights is essential reading for health science, law, and philosophy students as well as practicing healthcare professionals.

Chapter 1: A place for ethics, law, and human rights in healthcare
Chapter 2: Ethics and philosophy
Chapter 3: Ethics theories and the principlist approach in bioethics
Chapter 4: African philosophy and medical ethics
Chapter 5: Respect for patient autonomy
Chapter 6: Beneficence
Chapter 7: Non-maleficence
Chapter 8: Justice
Chapter 9: Human rights: the relevance for South African health professionals
Chapter 10: Law and the health professional in South Africa
Chapter 11: Professionalism
Chapter 12: Resolving ethical dilemmas: an approach to decision making
Chapter 13: Ethics in the consulting room
Chapter 14: Paediatric ethics
Chapter 15: Ethics in mental healthcare
Chapter 16: HIV in South Africa: ethical considerations
Chapter 17: Reproductive ethics
Chapter 18: Ethics at the end of life
Chapter 19: Organ transplantation ethics and law
Chapter 20. Pandemic ethics NEW
Chapter 21: Digital technologies and artificial intelligence in healthcare: ethical challenges NEW
Chapter 22. Research ethics and scientific integrity
Chapter 23: Genetics, genomics, and ethical complexity
Chapter 24: New and emerging biotechnologies in healthcare in the 21st century
Chapter 25: The impact of climate change on health: ethical consideration NEW

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