Thailand: Buddhism Meets the Western Model
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Dec; 14(6): 24-26.
Thailand's response to ethical dilemmas in health care and biomedical research is described. A major concern has been the intrusion of Western, technologically-oriented medical models, resulting in a trend to overmedicalization and an erosion of traditional Buddhist compassion among medical students. Nursing faculties seem to be more open to discussing ethical issues than their physician counterparts. The first Center for Bioethics Research has been established at the ASEAN Institute for Primary Health Care, though with only two staff members. Its director, Dr. Pinit Ratanakul, lists the major ethical issues in Thai health care as being justice in the allocation of medical resources, human experimentation, genetic screening and control, and patients' rights. (KIE abstract)
Animal Experimentation; Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Biomedical Research; Compassion; Developing Countries; Education; Ethical Review; Ethics; Genetic Screening; Health; Health Care; Human Experimentation; International Aspects; Justice; Medical Education; Medical Ethics; Medical Students; Medicine; Nursing Education; Nursing Ethics; Patients; Patients' Rights; Primary Health Care; Public Policy; Religious Ethics; Research; Research Institutes; Review; Rights; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Students;