China: Diary of a Barefoot Bioethicist
Hastings Center Report. 1984 Dec; 14(6): 18-20.
An American medical epidemiologist who worked in the People's Republic of China for several years recounts a case history illustrative of the Chinese approach to medical ethics, which is influenced by common values and a scarcity of medical resources. Chinese society is relatively homogeneous, with a corresponding congruity of values emphasizing harmony, the common good, and the suppression of conflict. Informed consent, disclosure of physician error, malpractice and peer criticism are unknown. The author suggests that the current modernization policy may change the health care system and create Western-style ethical dilemmas. (KIE abstract)
Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Case Studies; Children; Common Good; Consent; Disclosure; Economics; Ethics; Females; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Informed Consent; Malpractice; Medical Ethics; Patient Care; Population Control; Public Policy; Resource Allocation; Scarcity; Values; Withholding Treatment;
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