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The paper discusses the code of ethics that professional organizations use to provide their membership with a framework to guide them in the performance of their duties in situations that might be otherwise ethically incorrect. The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) provides just such a code of ethics for its healthcare professionals. The paper defines the code of ethics and discusses how it is applied and adhered to and its importance as a function of standard business relationships. The paper highlights that the extent to which an organization's membership adheres to such ethical codes can therefore be the extent to which such membership performs in an ethical fashion.
From the Paper:"Indeed, broaching the subject of the ethical aspects of a given healthcare situation may involve overcoming some powerful organizational cultural forces concerning the need to remain profitable in order to provide healthcare services for other consumers. Not surprisingly, virtually every such instance of healthcare delivery is replete with ethical considerations. In this regard, Greisler and Jackson (2000) note that, "A [healthcare providers'] use of power as s/he interacts with patients is a matter fraught with ethical dimensions. Concern has rightly been expressed that we may be entering a period of great moral danger as strong price competition, weak quality competition and fragmented government controls have created an environment that is easy to exploit" (p. 260). This inextricable relationship between healthcare professionals and the patients they serve demands that a thoughtful and balanced approach be used in assessing the ethical dimensions involved in each and every case, and the use of ethical self-assessment tools such as those provided by the American College of Healthcare Executives can help healthcare providers become more aware of these dimensions as they go about their day-to-day routine."
Sample of Sources Used:
- ACHE ethics self-assessment. (2008). American College of Healthcare Executives. [Online]. Available: http://www.ache.org/newclub/career/ethself.cfm.
- Greisler, D. S. & Jackson, J. R. (2000). The changing nature of physician power: Understanding physician power and its future. Journal of Power and Ethics, 1(4), 260.
- Jacobellis v. Ohio, 378 U.S. 184, 197 (1964).
- Lawler, P. A. (2001). Ethics and continuing professional education: Today's challenges, tomorrow's solutions. Adult Learning, 12(1), 18.
- Boudreaux, G. & Steiner, T. (2005). Developing a code of ethics. Management Quarterly 46(1), 2.
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