Course: Health Care Ethics

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Course title Health Care Ethics
Course code UHP/HETIK
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Doskočil Ondřej, Mgr. et Mgr. Th.D.
Course content
Lectures (7 two-hour lessons): First - 2 Theoretical foundations of ethics. Ethics as a matter of human freedom. Philosophical mooring current medical ethics, discourse ethics, exemplary argument valid. Third - 4 History of medical ethics. Ethics as part of traditional medicine (Hippocrates). The emergence of modern medical ethics as a field (1969 establishment of The Hastings Center). The causes of medical ethics. Dehumanization of medicine and its solution in the form of patients' rights movement. New dilemmas stemming from the new technological possibilities. The problem of regulation of clinical research 5th - 6 Patients' rights as a countermove against the dehumanization of medicine. Gradual implementation of the Code of Ethics of patients' rights in legislation. Ethics technologizované medicine. Professional and value judgments in medical decision making. Informed consent. 7th - 8 Decision making at the end of life, patients' rights unconscious, the issue of informed consent of these patients. Previous directives, the role of the family and health care team in decision making at the end of life of the patient. The ethics of communication with the family of a patient in intensive care and resuscitation. Problem related rights patient unconscious and deceased. 9th - 10 The problem of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Dutch and the Swiss model. Vs. euthanasia. "Let die". Problem futile treatment. 11th - 12 Ethics in transplantation medicine. Ethical aspects of brain death, "opting out" and "opting in" system organ procurement. The role of the family in transplant medicine. The anonymity of the donor and recipient. Ethical aspects of assisted reproduction, cloning, stem cell research on embryos. 13th - 14 Ethical regulation of research. The problem of research on subjects unable to give informed consent, vulnerable groups in research. The system of ethics committees. Legal standards of international and national ethical consensus growing out of the EU. Bioethical Convention and its amendments. GCP and its ap

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge of theoretical ethics, to sensitize the student /- ntky of ethical decision making in health care , to give insight in the problems of the current health care ethics and learn the knowledge and skills needed to deal with ethical dilemmas. The course should also student /- ntce help formulate their own ethical views and learn to defend.
Students /- ntky will be able /- ny identify ethical problems in their work , describe the identified problem and they will know the arguments used in favor of various possible solutions. They will be able /- ny understand the nature of ethical problems and will be able /- ny arrive at decisions that are consistent internationally recognized ethical standards. They will be able /- ny distinguish legal and ethical aspect of decision making in medicine.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Interview

Adequate participation in lectures and private study literature. For credit student / draw -ing essay , in which he reflected , compares and evaluates different opinions published on selected ethical issue in the literature and based on attempts to formulate your own opinion.
Recommended literature
  • Beauchamp, T. L. - Childress, J. F. Principles of Biomedical Ethics. New York : Oxford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-19-514332-9.
  • Butts, J. B. - Rich, K. L. Nursing Ethics: across the Curriculum and Into Practice. Sudbury: Jones and Bartlett, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7637-4898-2.
  • Fišerová, J. Etika v ošetřovatelství.. Brno: IDVPZ, 1995.
  • Haškovcová, H. Informovaný souhlas. proč a jak?. Praha: Galén, 2007. ISBN 978-80-7262-497-3.
  • Haškovcová, H. Lékařská etika. Praha: Galén, 2015. ISBN 9788074922046.
  • Haškovcová, H. Manuálek o etice pro zdravotní sestry. Brno : Institut pro další vzdělávání pracovníků ve zdravotnictví, 2000. ISBN 80-7013-310-4.
  • Haškovcová, H. Práva pacientů - komentované vydání. Havířov: Nakl. A. Krtilové, 1996. ISBN 80-902163-0-7.
  • Haškovcová, H. Spoutaný život. Praha: Panorama, 1985.
  • Kutnohorská, J. Etika v ošetřovatelství. Praha: Grada, 2007. ISBN 978-80-247-2069-2.
  • Munzarová, M. Lékařský výzkum a etika. Praha: Grada, 2005. ISBN 80-247-0924-4.
  • Thomasma, D. C. - Kushnerová, T. Od narození do smrti: etické problémy v lékařství. Praha: Mladá fronta, 2000. ISBN 80-204-0883-5.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Study plan (Version): - (2) Category: Health service 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Summer