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Ch 1: Basic Concepts of Bioethics

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The Basic Concepts of Bioethics chapter of this study guide offers insights into some of the more controversial issues in the biological sciences. Read on to learn more about bioethics, then test your knowledge using the quizzes and chapter test.

Basic Concepts of Bioethics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

As biotechnology and medical science advance, more and more ethical concerns and moral issues arise. The short video and text lessons in this chapter examine many of these, including privacy issues, the obligations of medical practitioners to their patients, and much more. You will study about:

  • The definition and scope of bioethics
  • Patients' rights and physicians' responsibilities
  • The role of consent, maintaining confidentiality and honesty in medicine
  • The explanation and components of the Hippocratic Oath
  • The primary principles of bioethics and current ethical issues
  • Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California

Lesson Objective
Bioethics: Areas, Issues & Human Life Analyze the meaning of bioethics and current issues
Medical Rights & Obligations: Definitions & Views Weigh and define the responsibilities of healthcare practitioners and their patients
Importance of Truth Telling, Confidentiality & Informed Consent in Medicine Evaluate how truthfulness, confidentiality and consent impact the doctor-patient relationship
What Is the Hippocratic Oath? - Definition & Parts Explain the meaning of the older and modern forms of the Hippocratic oath
Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology Discuss current ethical concerns such as genetics, resource allocation and more
Principles of Bioethics: Autonomy, Justice, Beneficence & Non-maleficence Define such principles as beneficence and non-maleficence, justice and autonomy
Case Study: Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California Examine a Supreme Court case concerning the interrelationships between healthcare workers and their patients

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: Basic Concepts of Bioethics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Bioethics: Areas, Issues & Human Life

1. Bioethics: Areas, Issues & Human Life

Bioethics are an important area of debate in our modern world. In this lesson, you will explore several areas and issues within this field, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Medical Rights & Obligations: Definitions & Views

2. Medical Rights & Obligations: Definitions & Views

The medical world comes with some difficult ethical issues. Doctors need to be able to do their jobs, but patients should feel safe. In this lesson, explore several perspectives of medical ethics, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Importance of Truth Telling, Confidentiality & Informed Consent in Medicine

3. Importance of Truth Telling, Confidentiality & Informed Consent in Medicine

The medical profession is full of important ethical issues. In this lesson, explore three major ethical concerns and discover how they relate to medicine. Then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What Is the Hippocratic Oath? - Definition & Parts

4. What Is the Hippocratic Oath? - Definition & Parts

What is the Hippocratic Oath? And why is it important to physicians? This lesson explains the components of the oath and its implications for bioethics, including controversial topics.

Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology

5. Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology

The world of healthcare is full of ethical issues, and they can be difficult to figure out. In this lesson, explore four major ethical issues, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Principles of Bioethics: Autonomy, Justice, Beneficence & Non-maleficence

6. Principles of Bioethics: Autonomy, Justice, Beneficence & Non-maleficence

This lesson covers the four principles of bioethics: autonomy, justice, beneficence and non-maleficence. We'll look at examples of how each one is applied to bioethics.

Case Study: Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California

7. Case Study: Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California

Usually, there is no legal duty to warn someone of an impending danger. However, sometimes a special relationship can change that duty. This lesson explores the 'Tarasoff Rule' and liability imposed on mental health professionals.

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