Ethics and older people

Anthea Tinker

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI:
Ethics and older people

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There are two main areas in which ethical issues arise for older people in health and social care. The first relates to services and the second to research. This chapter starts with general issues, such as general and demographic factors, in order to examine the ethical case for and against treating older people differently from other age groups. Are there groups, such as those with dementia, who should receive different attention? On services, ethical issues, such as those relating to age discrimination and changing views on autonomy, are examined. On research, ethical procedures (including consent, confidentiality, and the role of older people on ethics committees) are considered in the context of both formal and informal arrangements.

Keywords: older people; health care; social care; ethical issues; discrimination; autonomy

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