Ethics Vs. Biomedical Ethics

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Ethics look at principles and a set of concepts that help monitor and determine behaviours that may either help or harm people. It is commonly related to morality which looks at a person’s behaviour or manner in the way they differentiate their actions, decisions and intentions into what is considered right and wrong (good and bad). Generally ethics looks at making the appropriate decision (best possible solution) brought about on the basis of common sense (Beauchamp & Childress 2008). Ethics is systematic as it uses special methods and approaches to examine moral situations. It is also reflective as it calls into question assumptions about existing components of our moralities. More specifically health care ethics or biomedical ethics looks at principles that can be understood by those working in various different disciplines in the medical field (e.g nurse, doctor, physiotherapist and radiographer) (Beauchamp & Childress 2008). The principles are standards of conduct on which many moral claims and judgements depend on. The four main principles in the biomedical ethics framework are; autonomy (respecting a person’s capacity to make decisions for themself), non-maleficence (to not cause any harm to others), beneficence (prevent any harm, acting to benefit others and balance it against risks and costs) and finally justice (equal distribution of resources). As a radiographer it is important that a code of ethics is followed to ensure appropriate measures are taken to solve a
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