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Slow ethics: a sustainable approach to ethical care practices?

Gallagher, Ann (2013) Slow ethics: a sustainable approach to ethical care practices? Clinical Ethics, 8 (4). pp. 99-104.

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Recent UK reports have revealed extensive evidence of unethical care practices. Older and vulnerable patients in some British health services have experienced appalling and avoidable suffering. Explanations for, and solutions to, these care failures have been proposed with wide-ranging recommendations. Many of these have direct implications for clinical ethics with additional frameworks for ethical values proposed, a heightened awareness of the moral culture of organisations acknowledged and a renewed interest in the ethics component of professional education debated. In this paper, I suggest that we integrate insights from the slow movement into clinical ethics practice. Distinctions are made between fast and slow healthcare practice and between fast and slow ethics. I argue that, whilst there is a place for both, slow ethics enables us to assume a more positive stance in relation to ‘crisis’, and requires that we learn from past accounts and scholarship and consider the role of clinical ethics in sustaining caring cultures.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Authors :
Date : 1 December 2013
DOI : 10.1177/1477750913502615
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2013 Sage Publications Ltd Copyright of Clinical Ethics is the property of Sage Publications, Ltd. and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission.
Uncontrolled Keywords : Unethical; Practice; Slow movement; Crisis; Slow ethics; Clinical ethics
Additional Information : Published in Clinical Ethics 8 (4) 2013. Copyright 2013 Sage Publications.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Dec 2013 12:31
Last Modified : 04 Apr 2019 09:34

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