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Ethical and legal issues 

Ethical and legal issues
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Ethical and legal issues
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David Oliver

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199546589.003.0023
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date: 23 October 2019

The main focus of chapter 23 is practical guidance for common scenarios which practitioners are likely to encounter, although it is worth very briefly setting out some principles for practice: namely beneficence (the duty to do good or maximize patients’ welfare); non-maleficence (the duty to not to inflict harm or to take all reasonable steps to minimize harm); respect for autonomy and for justice (to do with fair allocation or resources— distributive justice— and to do with respecting human rights and avoiding discrimination).

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