Caring Approaches to Clinical Decision Making: Mothering and Drugs
Vezeau, Toni M.
Journal of Clinical Ethics. 1990 Winter; 1(4): 312-315.
This article presents a clinical situation that is seen too commonly: that of the breast-feeding mother who ingests drugs. This complex situation involves both legal issues and health issues, and it bears directly upon the relationship between a mother and her child. Two divergent approaches to the care perspective will be examined in order to argue two points. First, although the concept of caring can help to direct ethical decision making, clinicians must be aware that there are varying interpretations of caring. Clinical interactions following from these dichotomous approaches are different, and these actions have irrevocable consequences.
Alternatives; Breast Feeding; Caring; Case Studies; Child Abuse; Decision Making; Drug Abuse; Drugs; Food; Health; Infants; Law; Law Enforcement; Minors; Mothers; Nurse Patient Relationship; Nurses; Outpatient Commitment; Parent Child Relationship; Patient Advocacy; Patient Care; Professional Patient Relationship; Rehabilitation; Social Interaction;
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Vezeau, Toni M. (1992)I read Hilde L. Nelson's article with great interest. To be "against caring" is tantamount to being against apple pie and motherhood. Caring as philosophy, theory, behavior, and ontology is pervasive in the literature ...