It Ain't Necessarily So: Clinicians, Bioethics, and Religious Studies
Journal of Clinical Ethics
bioethics, religious studies, clinicians
The central tenet of the bioethics movement has been the importance of understanding and respecting patients' values. This focus on values is crucial to virtually every area of discussion in bioethics, including informed consent, so-called "compliance," and decision making with and for the terminally ill. As a result of the bioethics movement, the emphasis on multiculturism in all areas of American life, and the increased visibility of disciplines such as medical anthropology and sociology, there is a growing awareness that healthcare providers need to be knowledgeable about the religious and cultural values of the people they treat. For this reason alone, religious ethics scholars will always have an important role in the interdiciplinary enterprise of bioethics.
Dena S. Davis, It Ain't Necessarily So: Clinicians, Bioethics, and Religious Studies, 55 Journal of Clinical Ethics 315 (Winter 1994)