The Ethical Substance Of An Action

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From a utilitarian point of view on these issues is the idea that the ethical substance of an action is determined only by its usefulness in maximizing value and minimizing destructive values as added together for all persons. Whereas deontological points of view believe that deciding how wrong or how right an action is will focus on the action itself instead of the entire outcome whether it is good or bad. To put these two views into perspective, suppose hypothetically there is a database of patient information gathered at routine visits with no patient identifiers and a third party such as researchers’ access this database to conduct research that could be used to facilitate some breakthrough treatment in a disease. Regardless of a right or wrong decision, a utilitarian’s point of view would find this morally acceptable because the action’s usefulness is more important or relevant than a right or wrong decision. A utilitarian perspective would be that as long as the communities at large reaped benefits in areas like research, then the benefits of using the information would outweigh the risks in regards to compromised confidentiality. A deontologist would agree that no material harm being done in this case but that is not the point. The point being that doctors make a binding commitment not to disclose any information acquired to third parties. Examining the moral and ethical guidelines from a health information management professional’s practice, the principles of
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