An introduction to ethical theory for healthcare assistants

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Rodger, D and Blackshaw, B (2017). An introduction to ethical theory for healthcare assistants. British Journal of Healthcare Assistants. 11 (11), pp. 556-561. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjha.2017.11.11.556
AuthorsRodger, D and Blackshaw, B
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This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in British Journal of Healthcare Assistants , copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/bjha.2017.11.11.556

This article will explore and summarise the four main ethical theories that have relevance for healthcare assistants. These are: utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics and principlism. Understanding different ethical theories can have a number of significant benefits, which have the potential to shape and inform the care of patients, challenge bad practice and lead staff to become better informed about areas of moral disagreement.

KeywordsNursing Ethics; Ethical Theory; Bioethics; Deontology; Virtue Ethics; Principlism; Utilitarianism
Year2017
JournalBritish Journal of Healthcare Assistants
Journal citation11 (11), pp. 556-561
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
ISSN1753-1586
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjha.2017.11.11.556
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Accepted18 Sep 2017
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