Clinical Pragmatism: A Method of Moral Problem Solving
Fins, Joseph J.
Bacchetta, Matthew D.
Miller, Franklin G.
Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal. 1997 Jun; 7(2): 129-145.
This paper presents a method of moral problem solving in clinical practice that is inspired by the philosophy of John Dewey. This method, called "clinical pragmatism," integrates clinical and ethical decision making. Clinical pragmatism focuses on the interpersonal processes of assessment and consensus formation as well as the ethical analysis of relevant moral considerations. The steps in this method are delineated and then illustrated through a detailed case study. The implications of clinical pragmatism for the use of principles in moral problem solving are discussed.
Allowing to Die; Bioethics; Case Studies; Chronically Ill; Clergy; Communication; Competence; Consensus; Decision Making; Dementia; Diagnosis; Emotions; Ethical Analysis; Ethical Theory; Ethics; Family Members; Family Relationship; Life; Marital Relationship; Married Persons; Methods; Patient Care; Philosophy; Physicians; Pragmatism; Principle-Based Ethics; Professional Family Relationship; Prolongation of Life; Resuscitation; Resuscitation Orders; Roman Catholic Ethics; Values;
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