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FACANHA, Telma Rejane dos Santos  and  GARRAFA, Volnei. Patient safety and deontological codes in the context of Beauchamp and Childress. Rev. Bioét. [online]. 2019, vol.27, n.3, pp.401-409.  Epub Sep 26, 2019. ISSN 1983-8042.

Patient safety is a persistent issue in public health that has taken a new connotation in the contemporary sanitary context. Beauchamp and Childress, in their pioneering work, Principles of Biomedical Ethics, address the ethical role of health professionals and the influence of deontological codes on patient safety. The present study seeks to demonstrate that codes of ethics are insufficient to address all ethical and moral dilemmas related to patient safety at present. In this sense, it is proposed that this topic should not be discussed only in the ethics councils of the different professions in the health area, but that the dialogue be extended to the interdisciplinary committees of clinical and healthcare bioethics, providing a broader and concrete exercise of bioethical reflection.

Keywords : Bioethics; Codes of ethics; Patient safety; Public health.

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