Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 December 2016

208 Pages


ISBN: 9780190650582

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What Patients Teach

The Everyday Ethics of Health Care

Larry R. Churchill, Joseph B. Fanning, and David Schenck

  • This book presents the core elements of a therapeutic relationship from the patient's perspective. It is based on extensive discussions with 58 patients with a wide range of illnesses.
  • This book argues that illness, and the fragility of life it symbolizes, is a central feature of the human predicament, rather than an occasional interruption.
  • This book presented a detailed description of the structure and rhythm of routine clinician-patient encounters.
  • This book argues that the heart of healthcare ethics must be based on the structure and rhythm of routine encounters and that this model should displace the conventional and dominant "big decisions" model. In short, we reject the assumption that the core values of healthcare ethics have already been named and adequately analyzed in bioethical principles or the ethics codes of healthcare professionals. We must look to patients for a more adequate account.

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