Case Studies in Bioethics
Offering a compendium of case studies in bioethics, Choosing Well demonstrates real ethical dilemmas that can occur in health care settings. Instructors can draw upon the scenarios in this concise and highly effective resource to encourage analysis, critique, discussion, and debate of hot-button ethical issues.
The authors present a diverse selection of complex case studies in bioethics to stimulate in-depth analysis on topics ranging from distributive justice, research ethics, reproductive technologies, abortion, and death and dying, to the health care professional–patient relationship and ethics in the workplace. The text also features case studies that move through time to reflect real-life decision making and cases that present multiple perspectives to illustrate the challenges that can arise from disputes in health care settings. Utilizing the DECIDED strategy for analyzing case studies, instructors can guide students through the steps needed to work through a wide variety of ethical dilemmas and encourage reflection on their own ethical assumptions.
Accessible, practical, and highly engaging, Choosing Well offers a helpful and interesting way to explore central issues in contemporary bioethics, making it an indispensable resource for instructors and students of bioethics, biomedical ethics, and health care ethics.
- includes a brief introduction to ethics, the role of case studies, and some of the most important bioethical principles, as well as a glossary of key terms
- features Canadian-focused content and themes reflecting the challenges of modern health care settings
- provides a framework for case study analysis, along with sample analyses of three full case studies using the DECIDED approach
“This resource is immensely helpful for introducing students to the field of bioethics. Each case study shows the complexity of real-world situations and allows students to explore the importance of ethics in the area of health and health research.”
—Elena Neiterman, School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo