Collective Responsibility in Health Care
Downie, Robert S.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1982 Feb; 7(1): 43-56.
The assumption that moral responsibility in health care must ultimately be vested in an individual is examined and found to be inadequate. Medical action is affected by its institutional structure within which three dimensions of collective accountability can be identified: the individual's (1) acceptance and (2) enactment of a social role, and (3) the morality of the role itself. If the object of medicine is conceived to be the promotion of wholeness or well-being, then another argument for collective responsibility is evident in that cooperation between the health professions and many other segments of the society is required. (KIE abstract)
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Newton, Lisa H. (1982-02)A conceptual approach to the attribution of responsibility within the collective bodies that provide health care is presented. The model of collective responsibility most applicable to health care systems is the authorization ...