Basic Curricular Goals in Medical Ethics
Culver, Charles M.
Clouser, K. Danner
Fletcher, John C.
Jonsen, Albert R.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1985 Jan 24; 312(4): 253-256.
The recommendations developed at a conference of ten experts in bioethics on the goals and content of a basic medical ethics curriculum are presented. The curriculum should provide physicians with the conceptual, moral reasoning, and interactional abilities to deal with ethical issues encountered in daily practice. At a minimum, it should teach them how to identify the moral aspects of medical practice; how to obtain a valid consent to or refusal of treatment; how to proceed if a patient is only partially competent or incompetent to decide, or if a patient refuses treatment; how to decide when it is morally justifiable to withhold information or to breach confidentiality; and how to deal with the moral aspects of caring for patients with a poor prognosis. Some of the conferees would have added two more topics to the basic list: issues in the equitable distribution of health care, and abortion. (KIE abstract)
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Special Report: Basic Curricular Goals in Medical Ethics Culver, Charles M.; Clouser, K. Danner; Gert, Bernard; Brody, Howard; Fletcher, John; Jonsen, Albert; Kopelman, Loretta; Lynn, Joanne; Siegler, Mark; Wikler, Daniel (1985)