Ethics in Health Services Management, Sixth Edition

By Kurt Darr, JD, ScD, LFACHE

ISBN 978-1-938870-79-8
472 pages
6 x 9 paper
© 2019

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Named a 2023 Doody’s Core Title®!

The ethical dimensions of managing healthcare services are often daunting, but the sixth edition of this highly regarded text provides the principles to educate students and guide practitioners as they strive to make the “right” decisions.

From historical to contemporary examples, readers learn essential steps to effectively identify and solve ethical problems. More than 75 case studies and vignettes allow opportunities to analyze and apply ethical decision making across a range of care delivery settings and topics, including patient autonomy, end-of-life decisions, consent for treatment, resource allocation, whistle-blowing, confidentiality, and more. An extensive index helps readers locate and explore specific topics.

Building upon the core principles of respect for persons, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice, as supplemented by virtue ethics, readers learn:

  • how to understand and shape an organization’s value system
  • how to develop and apply personal and professional codes of ethics and address conflicts of interest
  • the manager’s duties to and relationships with patients, staff, community, and profession
  • means and methods for resolving administrative and biomedical ethical issues
  • considerations of emerging ethics issues influenced by managed care, resource allocation, and social responsibility
  • special challenges in end-of-life decisions, including advance medical directives (AMDs), physician-assisted suicide (PAS), euthanasia, and allow natural death (AND)

The most comprehensive book on health services ethics, this text is indispensable for education in health services organization and management, strategic planning, finance, marketing, and nursing administration.

NEW to the Sixth Edition:

  • More than a dozen new cases and vignettes reflecting contemporary ethical issues
  • Enhanced and updated tables, figures, and problem-solving model
  • Greater focus on health policy and issues of rationing, regulation, and unintended consequences of policy decisions
  • Instructive new examples of mission and vision statements and their connection to HRM
  • Enhanced attention to administrative and clinical conflicts of interest
  • Updated and expanded bibliography
Downloadable instructor materials include:

  • 14 PowerPoint presentations (1 for each chapter)
  • 15 tests (1 for each chapter and 1 for the Introduction)
  • 15 answer keys (1 for each test)

Format: E-book
e-ISBN 978-1-938870-81-1

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Section I. Identifying and Solving Ethical Problems

  1. Considering Moral Philosophies and Principles
  2. Resolving Ethical Issues

Section II. Guiding Ethical Decision Making

  1. Organizational Values, Vision, and Mission
  2. Codes of Ethics in Health Services
  3. Organizational Responses to Ethical Issues

Section III. Administrative Ethical Issues

  1. Conflicts of Interest and Fiduciary Duty
  2. Ethical Issues Regarding Organization and Staff
  3. Ethical Issues Regarding Patients and Community

Section IV. Biomedical Ethical Issues

  1. Consent
  2. Dying and Death
  3. Patient Autonomy and the Paradigm of Physician-Assisted Suicide

Section V. Emerging Ethical Issues

  1. Ethics in Marketing and Managing Care
  2. Ethics in Resource Allocation
  3. Social Responsibility

Appendix A: Organizational Philosophies and Mission Statements
Appendix B: Codes of Ethics
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Unidentifiable person icon holder vector illustrationKurt Darr, JD, ScD, LFACHE, is Professor Emeritus of Hospital Administration, and of Health Services Management and Leadership, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, School of Public Health, The George Washington University.

Dr. Darr holds the Doctor of Science from The Johns Hopkins University and the Master of Hospital Administration and Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota. His baccalaureate degree was awarded by Concordia College, Moorhead, MN.

Dr. Darr completed an administrative residency at the Rochester (MN) Methodist Hospital and subsequently worked as an administrative associate at the Mayo Clinic. After being commissioned in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, he served in administrative and educational assignments at St. Albans Naval Hospital (NY) and Bethesda Naval Hospital (MD). He completed postdoctoral fellowships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the World Health Organization, and the Accrediting Commission on Education for Health Services Administration.

Dr. Darr is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the state of Minnesota and the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia. He was a mediator for the Civil Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and has served as a hearing officer for the American Arbitration Association. Dr. Darr is a member of hospital committees on quality improvement and on ethics in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. He is a Life Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Dr. Darr’s teaching and research interests include health services management, administrative and clinical ethics, hospital organization and management, quality improvement, and applying the Deming method in health services. Dr. Darr is the editor and author of numerous books, articles, and cases used for graduate education and professional development in health services.