Is Care a Virtue for Health Care Professionals?
Curzer, Howard J.
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1993 Feb; 18(1): 51-69.
Care is widely thought to be a role virtue for health care professionals (HCPs). It is thought that in their professional capacity, HCPs should not only take care of their patients, but should also care for their patients. I argue against this thesis. First I show that the character trait of care causes serious problems both for caring HCPs and for cared-for patients. Then I show that benevolence plus caring action causes fewer and less serious problems. My surprising conclusion is that care is a vice rather than a virtue for HCPs. In their professional capacity HCPs should not care for their patients. Instead HCPs should be benevolent and act in a caring manner toward their patients.
Beneficence; Benevolence; Caring; Competence; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Personnel; Moral Policy; Paternalism; Patient Care; Patient Care Team; Patients; Physicians; Professional Competence; Professional Ethics; Professional Patient Relationship; Psychological Stress; Risks and Benefits; Social Interaction; Virtues;
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