Ethics in Health Services Management, Sixth Edition

Ethics in Health Services Management, Sixth Edition


Estimated release date: October 2018

ISBN 978-1-938870-79-8
6×9 paper
approx. 504 pages
© October 2018

Available on backorder

Product Description


The ethical dimensions of managing health services are daunting, but the newest edition of Ethics in Health Services Management provides the principles to educate students and guide practitioners as they strive to make the “right” decision when ethical problems arise. This highly regarded volume teaches managers how to recognize and respond confidently to the challenges of ethics and conduct in health services management.

Offering a solid foundation for effectively identifying and solving ethical problems, this book objectively examines the difficult choices and ethical implications raised as managers operationalize the principles of respect for persons, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice. Students will come to understand their role as moral agents, expected to balance the demands of the organization with autonomy, primacy, and protection of patients.

Topics covered include:

  • Moral frameworks to apply to one’s personal ethic
  • The importance of virtue ethics
  • Futility theory and futile treatment guidelines
  • Organizational philosophies and mission statements
  • Selecting new staff members using values compatibility
  • Systems conflict and conflicts of interest
  • Quality improvement as an ethical imperative
  • Determinants of patient consent
  • Issues surrounding physician-assisted suicide and patient autonomy
  • Ethics in marketing and managed care
  • Challenges of resource allocation
  • and more

NEW to the Sixth Edition:

  • 14 new cases and 9 new vignettes
  • New/revised and updated figures and tables
  • Enhanced attention to health policy—rationing, regulation, and unintended consequences of action
  • Updated bibliography, mission, and vision statements

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

Estimated release date: October 2018

  1. Considering Moral Philosophies and Principles
  2. Resolving Ethical Issues
  3. Developing Organizations’ Values, Vision, and Mission
  4. Codes of Ethics in Health Services
  5. Organizational Responses to Ethical Issues
  6. Conflicts of Interest and Fiduciary Duties
  7. Ethical Issues Regarding Organization and Staff
  8. Ethical Issues Regarding Patients and Community
  9. Consent
  10. Dying and Death
  11. Patient Autonomy and the Paradigm of Physician-Assisted Suicide
  12. Ethics in Marketing and Managed Care
  13. Ethics in Resource Allocation
  14. Social Responsibility

Appendix A: Organizational Philosophies and Mission Statements
Appendix B: Ethical Codes


Kurt Darr, J.D., Sc.D., LFACHE, is Professor Emeritus of Hospital Administration in the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership at The George Washington University. He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles in the health services field.


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