by Jared Lewis
Establishing good ethical standards is important in health care organizations. Health care organizations and facilities must comply with federal and state standards in their treatment of patients and in facility operations. Health care executives are typically responsible for developing and maintaining these standards. Doing so requires considerable thought and deliberation.
The American College of Healthcare Executives indicates that health care executives must be able to set ethical standards with the intention of modeling those standards. This will ensure that other employees within the organization will adhere to the standards and it will create an environment where all decision-making follows an established set of rules and regulations. When ethical behavior is the norm and there is an established set of principles to follow, ethical dilemmas become less of a dilemma because the guidelines for action are in place.
Ethical standards in health care organizations promote the primary concern of health care in the first place. This is the assertion of Dya Eldin M. Elsayed, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine at the University of Al-Zaiem Al-Azhari. He contends that ethical standards promote better health care by eliminating errors committed by practitioners who act on their own, rather than within a set of guidelines established by the medical community.
The promotion of ethical standards among medical organizations increases public support for the medical profession, according to Elsayed. If the public has trust for the medical community because it knows that the community will act in its best interest, generous donors may fund research projects that lead to advancements in medical science. Other initiatives carried out by the medical community may also receive public support in terms of participation or simply in terms of consent. In short, a medical organization that can be trusted to act ethically is one that will generally be looked upon favorably by the public.
Research is essential to the continuance of the medical profession as it seeks to find cures for various diseases or new treatments for age-old injuries. Ethical principles are needed in medical research to determine what types of research should or should not be conducted. For instance, genetics and stem cell research are controversial areas of research that divide many people. Having an established set of ethical guidelines can help determine which types of research can be conducted and which cannot. Ethics in health organizations can stand as a barrier between research and crossing the line into gray areas where the rest of the general public is not necessarily willing to go.
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