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Medical Ethics Meets Organizational Ethics
When people think about health care ethics, they often imagine
addressing clinical issues like end-of-life care or informed
consent. While those issues remain central, for hospitals, health
care ethics increasingly means organizational ethics, as well.
Those two aspects of the field were addressed by Center Executive
With a compliance approach, the organization establishes minimum standards of behavior and severe penalties for violations. In Hansons view, this approach is limited because it may give the signal that the company wants only minimum ethical behavior. It also may target lower level employees and give insufficient guidance for the really hard ethical decisions.
Ethics exhortation, another approach Hanson reviewed,
includes training and frequent urging of employees to behave
ethically. This, too, gives little help in complex ethical decisions,
Hanson said, and may imply that employees are to pay the
short-term cost of acting ethically.
- The Cost of Dying
Moral choices at the end of life
- Affirmative Action for Athletes (case)
Should colleges give athletes an edge in admissions?
- The New Digital Divide (video)
The gap between those who have high-speed wired broadband Internet access, and those who don't
- Markkula Ethics Center Milestones
Highlights from the Center's first 25 years