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Do cardiologists and cardiac surgeons need ethics? Achieving happiness for a drug user with endocarditis

Bromage, D. I., McLauchlan, Duncan J. and Nightingale, A. K. 2009. Do cardiologists and cardiac surgeons need ethics? Achieving happiness for a drug user with endocarditis. Heart 95 (11) , pp. 885-887. 10.1136/hrt.2008.163782

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Abstract

Ethical dilemmas are commonplace in clinical cardiology. There has been a recent focus on ethical behaviour of cardiologists and debate about resource allocation and cost-effectiveness of new technologies. The case of an intravenous drug addict, with native aortic valve endocarditis complicated by a cerebral abscess and severe aortic regurgitation, is presented to illustrate some common ethical and moral dilemmas. The predominant theories in medical ethics, including the "Four-Principles Approach," is discussed, and a model to translate these ethical theories into a clinical decision-making tool is presented.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN: 1355-6037
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:48
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/85289

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