The ethical dimensions of managing health services are daunting. The newest edition of Ethics in Health Services Management provides the principles to educate students and guide practitioners as they strive to make the "right" decision when ethical problems arise. This highly regarded volume teaches managers how to recognize and respond confidently to the challenges of ethics and conduct in health services management.
Offering a solid foundation for effectively identifying and solving ethical problems, this book objectively examines teh difficult choices and ethical implications raised as managers operationalize the principles of respect for persons, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. It examines the role of the organization's culture and its values, mission, and vision. Specific attention is given to the importance of the manager's personal ethic, various types of specialized ethics committees, and the role of professional codes of ethics.
Further, the author thoughtfully explores numerous topics that affect contemporary health services organizations, including
Moral frameworks to apply to one's personal ethic
The importance of virtue ethics
Futility theory and futile treatment guidelines
Organizational philosophies and mission statements
Selecting new staff members using values compatibility
Systems conflict and conflicts of interest
Quality improvement as an ethical imperative
Determinants of patient consent
Issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide and patient autonomy
Ethics in marketing and managed care
Challenges of resource allocation
and much more
Filled with practical, problem-solving strategies and useful tools, this updated and expanded text features more cases than the previous edition, including seven all-new cases. Also new to this edition are expanded attention to public health and the coordination of community health services.
Ethics in Health Services Management will educate and inform those who would be leaders in health services organizations. Readers will come to understand their roles as moral agents, expected to balance the demands of the organization with the autonomy, primacy, and protection of patients. This is an indispensable text for health services management education and a primer for both clinical and nonclinical managers.
Kurt Darr is Professor of Hospital Administration in the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership and Professor of Health Care Sciences at The George Washington University. He holds the Doctor of Science from The Johns Hopkins University and the Master of Hospital Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Darr completed his administrative residency at Rochester (Minnesota) Methodist Hospital and subsequently worked as an administrative associate at the Mayo Clinic. After being commissioned in the U.S. Navy, he served in administrative and educational assignments at St. Albans Naval Hospital and Bethesda Naval Hospital. He completed postdoctoral fellowships with the Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration. Dr. Darr is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a member of the District of Columbia and Minnesota Bars, and serves as a mediator in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. He serves on commissions and committees for various professional organizations, including The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. He is a voluntary consultant to several hospitals in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. Dr. Darr regularly presents seminars on health services ethics, hospital organization and management, quality improvement, and the application of the Deming method in health services. He is the author and editor of several books used in graduate health services administration programs and numerous articles on health services topics.