Synopsis of Psychiatric Ethics: Based on Six Papers Published in Australasian Psychiatry
Journal of Ethics in Mental Health [electronic] 2008 April; 3(1): 4 p. Accessed: http://www.jemh.ca [2008 June 22]
This invited synopsis summarises a series of six papers recently published in Australasian Psychiatry, in which the authors critiqued various normative ethical theories as they might be applied to the field of psychiatric ethics. Professional contractarian ethics, virtue ethics, the ethics of care, principles based ethics, deontic ethics, utilitarianism and more recent approaches, such as postmodern ethics and discourse ethics, were evaluated on theoretical and clinical grounds. The overall conclusion of the series was that, whilst all the normative approaches to ethical quandaries in psychiatric ethics have merit, the particular issues which differentiate psychiatry from other medical fields suggest that all also have significant limitations.
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