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The "four quadrants" approach to clinical ethics case analysis; an application and review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18591284     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1982, Jonsen, Siegler and Winslade published Clinical Ethics, in which they described the "four quadrants" approach, a new method of analysing clinical ethics cases. Although the book is now in its 6th edition, a literature search has revealed only one academic paper demonstrating the method at work. This paper is an attempt to start filling this gap. As a way of describing and testing the approach, I apply the four quadrants method to a detailed clinical ethics case. The analysis is interspersed with reflections on the method itself. It is hoped that this experiment will encourage ethicists and clinicians to devote more attention to this neglected approach.
D K Sokol
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of medical ethics     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1473-4257     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Ethics     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-01     Completed Date:  2008-10-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7513619     Medline TA:  J Med Ethics     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  513-6     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
Centre for Medical and Healthcare Education, St George's, University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Protocols / standards*
Decision Making / ethics*
Ethical Analysis / methods
Ethics, Clinical*
Middle Aged
Treatment Refusal / ethics*,  psychology

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