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Ethical Issues in Patient Care (12 points)
Leader: David Neil
Synopsis: This unit aims to develop students' critical and analytical understanding of certian key ethical issues in patient care. The unit focuses initially on four main ethical principles commonly appealed to in this context: autonomy, privacy, beneficence and justice. These principles and the relations and conflicts between them will be examined in terms of a variety of broad ethical issues which arise in patient care such as paternalism, confidentiality, informed consent, resource allocation and euthanasia. There will also be some discussion of issues relating to medical experimentation on human subjects and the participation of patients in research clinical trials.
Assessment: Essay (2000 words): 20% + Essay (4000 words): 40% + Take-home exam (3000 words): 40% + Distance education students are also required to keep a journal, recording their work for each topic.
Contact Hours: 2 hour seminar per week
Prerequisites: CHB5101 or equivalent
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