Public Health Ethics and Practice (BOK)

Stephen Peckham

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Ethical dilemmas in the areas of health care and policy making are not new, but in recent years the frequency and diversity of these have grown considerably. All health professionals now have to consider the ethical implications of an increasing array of treatments, interventions and health promotion activities on an almost daily basis. This goes hand in hand with increasing medical knowledge, and the growth of new and innovative medical technologies and pharmaceuticals. Along with this, the same technology and knowledge is increasing professional and public awareness of new potential public health threats (e.g. pandemic influenza), all of which means that ethical concerns are going to be more central than ever before. At the level of public policy, concerns over the rising costs of health care have led to a more explicit focus on 'health promotion', and the surveillance of both 'patients' and the so-called 'worried well' which is not without difficulty. Health professionals and policy makers also have to consider the implications of managing these risks, for example restricting individual liberty through enforced quarantine (in the wake of SARS, and more recently, swine flu) and the more general distribution of harms and benefits. Balancing the rights and responsibilities of individuals and wider populations is becoming more complex and problematic. There is clearly a need to develop this debate and this book will play a key role in opening out a discussion of public health ethics. It examines the principles and values that support an ethical approach to public health practice and provides examples of some of the complex areas which those practising, analysing and planning the health of populations have to navigate. It will therefore be essential reading for current practitioners, those involved in public health research and a valuable aid for anyone interested in examining the tensions within and the development of public health.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Heftet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Stephen Peckham
Forlag
Policy Press
ISBN 9781847421029
Antall sider 240 Dimensjoner 15,9cm x 23,4cm x 1,9cm
Vekt 370 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende Alison Hann, Stephen Peckham Emner og form Health systems & services, Personal & public health

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