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Year : 2002  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 11

An overview of clinical ethics

University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Children's Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky, USA

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Horacio F Zaglul
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Children's Hospital, 800 Rose Street, Room MN 464A Lexington, KY 40536-0298
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Advances in clinical medicine, variable economic environment with increasing emphasis in cost-containment, and social and cross-cultural influences have brought significant changes to the way health care is delivered and medicine is practiced. In this evolving and complex environment, ethical dilemmas perplex physicians. Clinical ethics help us identify those ethical dilemmas and appropriately respond to them. What follows is an overview of clinical ethics, with a brief discussion of the basic theories and principles involved, and summary information needed to provide comprehensive, ethical, patient-centered care. The overview finishes with a list of important references for those who wish to pursue further a given subject.

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