Ethical Problems in Pathology Practice

Serafimov, Aleksandar and Kamcev, Nikola and Velickova, Nevenka and Panova, Gordana and Sokolovska-Malovcheva, Gabriela (2011) Ethical Problems in Pathology Practice. 1st Macedonian Congress of Pathology.

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Objective – Identify the common ethical issues encountered in pathology practice on a day-to-day basis and to give some guidance on how these issues might be addressed. The principles of doing “Good” and not doing “Harm” are the essence of every code of medical ethics. The duty of medical doctors to their patients is to exercise their professional skills in an ethical manner and to observe the laws of community. The most essential purpose is to ensure that patient’s trust in the medical profession is deserved. This is achieved by protecting the patients and ensuring that they are able to obtain the maximum benefits available in medicine. At the same time, medical ethics aim to protect patients from the abuse that can occur when one person is in a position of power. The four general principles in medical ethics (respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence, beneficence and justice) apply in the field of Pathology, but they are clumsy, because they are designed for face-to-face patient care. The widely accepted statement – “The health of my patient will be my first consideration” does not apply to pathology, simply because a pathologist does not have “my patient”. The ethical problems of pathologist lie mainly in the conflicts between moral obligations to the responsible clinician (and other colleagues), to the patient and to society. In a situation where an ethical decision has to be made, a problem arises when two or more ethical principles seem to conflict, and the difficulty lies in the relative weight to be attached to the different principles, balancing possible harms against benefits.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Basic medicine
Natural sciences > Biological sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Aleksandar Serafimov
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2012 14:15
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 12:29

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