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Ethical Principles

Synopsis
A discussion on medical ethics led by Raanan Gillon, a practising GP and editor of the ‘Journal of MedicaL Ethics’. The participants are Diana Brahams (barrister-at-law and editor of the ‘Medico-legal Journal’), Michael Drummond (a health economist), Jack Dowie and Beverley Hunt. Raanan Gillon introduces the discussion by outlining the de-ontological and consequentialist theories of ethics and four principles that can govern medical practice (respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, justice). He suggests that a ‘sense of proportion’ is needed when trying to combine these principles in practice. The discussion covers the use of numbers in exercising a ‘sense of proportion’, the role of the patient in exercising autonomy, ‘circumstances’, the ethics of resource allocation problems, the practicality of ethical reflection in the real world.
Series
Professional Judgment and Decision Making, Course D300
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 24 min.
Year of production
1987
Availability
Sale
Subjects
Medical sciences; Philosophy
Keywords
ethical issues; medical ethics

Credits

Producer
Jeremy Cooper
Cast
Raanan Gillon 

Production Company

Name

BBC Open University Productions

Distributor

Name

Open University Worldwide

Web
http://www.ouw.co.uk External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 1908 274066
Address
Walton Hall
Milton Keynes
MK7 6AA
Notes
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