Health advocate: An obstetrician in doubt-coping with ethical dilemmas and moral decisions

Harry B.M. van de Wiel*, K. Marieke Paarlberg, Sylvia M. Dermout

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All healthcare professionals are regularly faced with the following question: “What is the wisest course; what is the right thing to do in this case or with this patient?” An inherent part of this kind of dilemma is that it involves pros and cons that are difficult to weigh against each other; evidently there is a broad spectrum of arguments. These arguments refer to interests or values that are usually associated with rules for conduct and actions—what we call standards. Ethics is an area of study that can help those professionals to deal with dilemmas of this kind and find answers to their questions regarding the right course of action and how to implement it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBio-Psycho-Social Obstetrics and Gynecology
Subtitle of host publicationA Competency-Oriented Approach
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319404042
ISBN (Print)9783319404028
Publication statusPublished - 1-Jan-2017

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