Clair VA, Newcombe DB. Values and ethics in practice-based decision making. Can J Occup Ther. 2014 Jun;81(3):154-62. doi: 10.1177/0008417414535083. PMID: 25154129.
Summary of the article:
Every health encounter has an ethical component because of the degree to which it effects peoples lives. This highlights the importance of ethical reasoning in every health professional’s toolbox. Values are purported as underpinning the subjective influences in ethical reasoning.
The case study explored in this research highlights typical community ethical tensions in the provision of assistive devices or equipment in the community setting as an example. The ethical deliberations, quotations, reasoning of different therapists, and ranking of importance of ethical factors is interesting and raises some good debate. This article is sure to challenge clinicians’ thinking on their own practice-based decision making and the role ethics and values (of both the clinician and the client) plays.