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Knowledge, Skills, and Values

R. S. Downie and K. C. Calman

in Healthy Respect

Second edition

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780192624086
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723728 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192624086.003.0002
Knowledge, Skills, and Values

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Clinical facts are necessary but not sufficient for clinical decision making; judgements of an ethical nature are also necessary. This points to the assumptions of the book: morality (ethics) is inescapable; morality is all-pervasive; morality is indivisible (the traditional distinction between ‘professional ethics’ and ‘private morality’ is rejected); moral decisions must arise from medical and economic realities; morality is to a great extent learnable and teachable.

Keywords: decision making; clinical facts; professional ethics; private morality

Chapter.  4758 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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