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Handling ethical conflicts in the clinical setting

Handling ethical conflicts in the clinical setting

Seminars in Pediatric Surgery 10(4): 192-197

Ethical conflict in the clinical setting generally arises in situation of uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity. This report discusses 4 cases of conflict between clinicians, between clinicians and patient, and between clinicians and family. Presented in enough detail for the reader to appreciate the extent and nature of the conflict, these cases are difficult and in many ways unresolved. Some conflicts may be inevitable and would not be prevented by even the most conscientious clinician. The authors discuss various approaches and resources that may prevent or ameliorate conflict. However, no easy answers are offered, but the importance of open communication of differing viewpoints in an atmosphere of trust and respect are emphasized.

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PMID: 11689992

DOI: 10.1053/spsu.2001.26840

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