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When is patient education unethical?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18849370     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although patient education is central to the ethical practice of nursing, it can be practiced in an ethically contested or unethical way. It is sometimes used to: forward a societal goal the individual might not have chosen; assume that patients should learn to accommodate unjust treatment; exclude the views of all except the dominant health care provider group; limit the knowledge a patient can receive; make invalid or unreliable judgments about what a patient can learn; or require a patient to change his or her identity to meet a medical ideal. Both health promotion education and manipulating patient beliefs in situations of uncertainty are ethically contested. Nussbaum's capabilities approach is used here as a moral framework through which to view the goals and practice of patient education. This provides better guidance than the current conception of patient education as an instrument to carry out the directives of medical practice.
Barbara K Redman
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nursing ethics     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0969-7330     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs Ethics     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-13     Completed Date:  2009-01-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433357     Medline TA:  Nurs Ethics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  813-20     Citation Subset:  N    
University of Pennsylvania Center for BIoethics, 3401 Market Street, Suite 320, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Attitude to Health
Choice Behavior / ethics
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Health Promotion / ethics
Judgment / ethics
Needs Assessment / ethics
Organizational Objectives
Paternalism / ethics
Patient Advocacy / ethics*
Patient Education as Topic / ethics*,  organization & administration
Personal Autonomy
Philosophy, Nursing
Practice Guidelines as Topic
Self Care / ethics
Self Concept
Social Values
Truth Disclosure / ethics

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