Psychiatry and Bioethics: An Exploration of the Relationship
Steinberg, Maurice D.
Psychosomatics. 1997 Jul-Aug; 38(4): 313-320.
Psychiatrists have been extensively involved in ethics in the general hospital over the past two decades and have functioned in that area in a variety of roles. The basis for psychiatry's strong interest in bioethics can be understood as related to three factors: familiarity with many of the clinical problems that lead to bioethics consultation, the frequent importance of psychiatric aspects of ethics, and the observation that psychiatrists already possess many of the clinical skills necessary for doing ethics work. The particular value of training psychiatrists to serve as ethics consultants, in addition to the importance of their continuing role on hospital ethics committees, is discussed.
Bioethical Issues; Bioethics; Clinical Ethics; Communication; Competence; Consent; Consultation; Decision Making; Emotions; Ethicists; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Ethics Consultation; Hospital Ethics Committees; Informed Consent; Mediation; Patient Advocacy; Physician's Role; Physicians; Psychiatry; Referral and Consultation; Terminal Care; Treatment Refusal; Withholding Treatment;
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