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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/6766

Title: Obligation of non-maleficence: moral dilemma in physician-patient relationship
Authors: Omonzejele, Peter F.
Keywords: Hippocrate, justice, ethics, physician, patient
Issue Date: 31-Dec-2005
Publisher: College of Medical Sciences, University of Benin
Citation: Journal of Medicine and Biomedical Research (ISSN: 1596-6941) Vol 4 Num 1
Abstract: This paper highlights the principle of non-maleficence from sections of the Hippocratic oath and those entailed in various declarations of medical ethics and conduct. The moral dilemmas associated with adherence or efforts at adherence to the principle were indicated with the use of prepared cases. The centrality of the paper is the moral conflict encountered by physicians in their efforts at maintaining the fiduciary relationship that they have with patients. The concepts of dignity, identity, harm and the definitions of brain death as different from biological death, ordinary and extraordinary health care and the principle of double effect were analysed in an attempt to resolve the moral conflict in physician-patient relationship. Cost-benefit analysis, detriment-benefit assessment and the notion of justice were also brought to bear in the effort to resolve the moral dilemma in physician-patient relationship as it borders on the obligation of non-maleficence.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/6766
Other Identifiers: http://www.bioline.org.br/abstract?id=jm05003
Rights: Copyright 2005 - CMS UNIBEN JMBR
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