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Ethics consultation and empathy : finding the balance in clinical settings.

Authors
  • Bruns, Florian
  • Frewer, Andreas
Type
Published Article
Journal
HEC forum : an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2011
Volume
23
Issue
4
Pages
247–255
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s10730-011-9164-7
PMID: 21948226
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

There is no doubt that emotions have an important effect on practices of moral reasoning such as clinical ethics consultation. Empathy is not only a basic human emotion but also an important and learnable skill for health care professionals. A basic amount of empathy is essential both in patient care and in clinical ethics consultation. This article debates the "adequate dose" of empathy in ethics consultations in clinical settings and tries to identify possible situations within the process of consultation in which this crucial feeling is at risk.

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