Ethical Aspects of Talking to a Patient

Ethical Aspects of Talking to a Patient

Roman Ossowski (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland & Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Poland) and Paweł Izdebski (Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Poland)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 33
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9658-7.ch009


A very important role in the diagnosing process is played by the conversation with a patient, which should always have a diagnostic-therapeutic character. The subject of interest of this paper are the relations between medical personnel and patients. The chapter aimed to explain the application of main ethical theories in conversation with patients as a diagnostic-therapeutic instrument. As an example, a case study illustrates basic ethical principles of such a conversation. It as an instrument of diagnosis and therapy retained its value despite introducing numerous methods of diagnosis based on the findings of modern physics or electronics. In our view, the conversation should always aim at the benefit of the patient and the results of treatment as well as sustaining patient's subjectivity and hope for achieving a higher quality of life.
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Ethics In Talking With A Patient: An Outline Of The Problems

All relations with patients are deeply grounded in ethical values. Even Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.) in his famous Corpus Hippocraticum undertook the notion of relationship between a doctor and a patient. The collections regards medical ethical norms. Ethics is a branch of philosophy, a science of obligations, of what is good, evil, perfection, human destiny and happiness. Ethics is closely related to morality.

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