Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics


ETHICS COMMITTEE AT WORK

Commentary


Catherine A.  Marco 

Ethical dilemmas often arise when conflict exists. Examples of conflict creating an ethical dilemma may include conflict between two or more principles of bioethics, conflict arising from insufficient information available to discern the appropriate course of action, or conflict between two or more goals of medical interventions. The basic principles of bioethics (beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy, and justice) provide a framework for studying and applying bioethics. Difficulty arises when these principles are not easily addressed or when a clinical situation presents conflict between principles.



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