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Engagement in contemporary practice: a relational ethics perspective

El compromiso en la práctica contemporanea: una perspectiva de la ética relacional

O compromisso na prática contemporânea: uma perspectiva da ética relacional

Wendy Austin About the author

The challenges and constraints of meaningful engagement with patients are discussed from a standpoint of relational ethics. If openness to others and to their situation is the beginning of ethics, as is argued by philosophers whose work informs relational ethics, then in health care we must address that openness (or its lack) as it is lived by individual health professionals within the immediacy and complexity of their practice. If, as has been also argued, disengagement is the source of maleficence within healthcare systems, addressing constraints to engagement becomes particularly urgent.

Nursing ethics; Professional practice; Patient rights

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