Abstract

Bioethics has focused on the areas of individual ethical choices--patient care--or public policy and law. There are, however, important arenas for ethical choices that have been overlooked. Health care is populated with intermediate arenas such as hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and health care systems. This essay argues that bioethics needs to develop a language and concepts for institutional ethics. A first step in this direction is to think about institutional conscience.

Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3249
Print ISSN
1054-6863
Pages
pp. 413-419
Launched on MUSE
1997-12-01
Open Access
No
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