Essay about Ethical Implications Of The Healthcare Setting

830 Words Apr 15th, 2016 4 Pages


In the healthcare setting, doctors and patients are often faced with circumstances related

to end-of-life. Conventionally, it is the duty of the doctors to preserve life and ensure that their

patients live for long. However, there are cases of terminal illnesses in which death may seem

like the more suitable solution. There are ethical implications of the actions of doctors, patients,

and patients’ family members in the event of end-of-life ethical issues. Some of the issues

include the rightness or wrongness and the morality of such actions based on ethical reasoning

(Smith, 2012). Consequentialism is a form of moral theory that justifies the outcome of ending

life; it is objected by the deontological theory that takes the “nonconsequentialist” view of

Theory Explanation

Consequentialism is a moral, which defines a distinctive approach to ethics. It argues that

the morality of any behavior is entirely dependent on the outcome of the action. As such, a

morally right behavior is the one that results in good outcomes. The consequences of any

behavior outweigh other considerations, as the “means” to the end is inconsequential. The two

key components in consequentialism are the “reason for doing” and the outcome. Anything that

comes in between is disregarded in this theory (Haines, n.d.).

Consequentialism is of the perception that morality is determined by the act of generating

all admirable overall consequences. In this…

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