While ethics has been addressed in the health care literature, relatively little attention has been paid to the subject in the field of social care. This book redresses the balance by examining theory, research, policy and practice in both fields.
The analysis is set within the context of contemporary challenges facing health and social care, not only in Britain but internationally. Contributors from the UK, US and Australia consider ethical issues in health and social care research and governance; interprofessional and user perspectives; ethics in relation to human rights, the law, finance, management and provision; key issues of relevance to vulnerable groups such as children and young people, those with complex disabilities, older people and those with mental health problems and lifecourse issues - ethical perspectives on a range of challenging areas from new technologies of reproduction to euthanasia.
This book is intended for academics, students and researchers in health and social care who need an up-to-date analysis of contemporary issues and debates. It will also be useful to practitioners in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including social workers, community workers, those working in the fields of disability and mental health and with older people.
Audrey Leathard is Visiting Professor of Interprofessional Studies and Susan McLaren a Professor of Nursing at the London South Bank University.
Introduction: Introduction ~ Susan McLaren and Audrey Leathard (editors); Section one: Ethics: Research and provision in health and social care: Ethics and contemporary challenges in health and social care ~ Louise Terry; Ethical issues in health and social care research ~ Robert Stanley and Susan McLaren; Ethics: research governance for health and social care ~ Elaine Pierce; Ethics and primary health care ~ Charles Campion-Smith; Ethics and social care: political, organisational and inter-agency dimensions ~ Colin Whittington and Margaret Whittington; Ethics and interprofessional care ~ Audrey Leathard; Service users and ethics ~ Martin Stevens and Jill Manthorpe; Section two: Law, management and ethics in health and social care: Ethical and legal perspectives on human rights ~ Louise Terry; Multidisciplinary team practice in law and ethics: an Australian perspective ~ Robert Irvine and John McPhee; Ethics and the management of health and social care ~ Jeff Girling; Ethics and the social responsibility of institutions regarding resource allocation in health and social care: a US perspective ~ Mary Dombeck and Tobie Hittle Olsan; Ethics and charging for care ~ Bridget Penhale; Section three: Ethics: From the start of life to the end: Ethical challenges and the new technologies of reproduction ~ Brenda Almond: Ethics: caring for children and young people ~ David Hodgson; Ethical dilemmas in caring for people with complex disabilities ~ Keith Andrews; Mental health: safe, sound and supportive? ~ Jon Glasby, Helen Lester and Emily McKie; Ethics and older people ~ Anthea Tinker; Ethics and euthanasia ~ Clive Seale; Conclusion ~ Susan McLaren and Audrey Leathard.