Asst. Prof., Dept. of Medical Ethics
King Fahad Medical City – Faculty of Medicine
King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for...
Definition of ethics, bioethics, and medical ethics1
What is an ethical issue in healthcare?2
International approaches to ...
Which one would you drink?
Less embarrassing choices…
 I need to pass the exam..cheat or not?
 I need the organs of this dying patient... Let him
d...
What do you think?
Levels of moral response
 The expressive level (unanalyzed
expressions or feelings that, by
themselves, don’t provide rea...
Ethical/Moral reasoning
 It is the process we need to go through to
reach a decision about an ethical issue.
 It helps u...
Don’t judge things on what they
first appear to you!
There is always a reason why
people do things?
What is ethics?
What are the branches of ethics?
What is bioethics?
What is medical/clinical ethics?
What is an ethical is...
What is ethics?
 A system of moral principles or standards
governing conduct.
 a system of principles by which human act...
Ethi
cs
Bioethic
s
Clinical Ethics
Research ethics
Resource
Allocation ethics
Public Health
ethics
Nursing ethics
other
Bu...
What is bioethics?
 It is derived from Greek bio- life and ethicos
moral.
 The science/art that aims at identification,
...
Questions answered by Bioethics
deciding what we should do (what
decisions are morally right or acceptable);
 Example: S...
What is an “ethical issue” or a
“moral problem”?
 There is an ethical issue when:
 …we encounter conflicting
values, bel...
Main Western
Philosophies
Other
philosophies
Abrahamic
Philosophies
Oriental
philosophies
Utilitarianism African, Asian,
e...
Why do we need to know about
western philosophies?
 A Doctor is an international currency (you may
be practicing anywhere...
the value of an action is
determined by its utility; all actions should be
directed toward achieving the greatest happines...
It emphasizes the
virtues, or moral character (who is your
virtuous model?)
 Examples: Doctors as role models.
 Should n...
(cont.)
(Ethics of Care) commitment
to correcting male biases (e.g. women’s
subordination is morally wrong) and that the m...
 Autonomy: respect humans'
ability to choose,
 Beneficence: Do Good for
others,
 Nonmaleficence (Do No Harm),
&
 Justi...
1)The Koran and 2) the
Sunna,
 Unanimous agreement of Islamic jurists (Ijmaa)
 Acceptance by the majority of trusted sch...
 The are to
preserve person’s:
1. Religion;
2. Soul;
3. Mind;
4. Wealth; &
5. Progeny.
All Islamic legislations came to a...
What is Islamic Bioethics?
 It is the methodology of
 defining, analysing and resolving the ethical issues
that arise in...
1. The principle of Intention (Qasd): Each action
is judged by the intention behind it
2. The principle of Certainty (Yaqe...
4. The principle of Hardship (Mashaqqat):
Difficulty calls forth ease, Necessity
(Dharuraat) legalizes the prohibited
5. T...
 Give example of an ethical issue/problem you
faced or witnessed, mentioning the following:
 What was the situation?
 W...
Thank You
To contact Dr. Ghaiath Hussein:
Office: (+966)-(1)-2889999 Ext. 7588 Email: ghussein@kfmc.med.sa
Personal: 00966...
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  1. 1. Asst. Prof., Dept. of Medical Ethics King Fahad Medical City – Faculty of Medicine King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences King Fahad Medical City Faculty of Medicine
  2. 2. Definition of ethics, bioethics, and medical ethics1 What is an ethical issue in healthcare?2 International approaches to medical ethics3 Islamic approach to medical ethics4
  3. 3. Which one would you drink?
  4. 4. Less embarrassing choices…  I need to pass the exam..cheat or not?  I need the organs of this dying patient... Let him die fast? He’s dying anyway!  I need the money of this Pharma company... Shall I change the results of my research on their drug?  I need to be trained ...tell the patient you’re a doctor?
  5. 5. What do you think?
  6. 6. Levels of moral response  The expressive level (unanalyzed expressions or feelings that, by themselves, don’t provide reasons or justification)  The pre-reflective level (justification via law, religious tenets, social values, codes of ethics, etc.; accepted uncritically)  The reflective level (reasoned ethical argument/defense based on ethical principles, rules, virtues, values to which we consciously subscribe; justification
  7. 7. Ethical/Moral reasoning  It is the process we need to go through to reach a decision about an ethical issue.  It helps us to differentiate: description of the way the world is; an actual state of affairs (“is”) judgment about the way things should be (“ought”). they are meant to guide actions. Key values in bioethics have corresponding (e.g., principle of respect for autonomy)
  8. 8. Don’t judge things on what they first appear to you! There is always a reason why people do things?
  9. 9. What is ethics? What are the branches of ethics? What is bioethics? What is medical/clinical ethics? What is an ethical issue? Key definitions and concepts
  10. 10. What is ethics?  A system of moral principles or standards governing conduct.  a system of principles by which human actions and proposals may be judged good or bad, right or wrong;  A set of rules or a standard governing the conduct of a particular class of human action or profession;  Any set of moral principles or values recognized by a particular religion, belief or philosophy;  The principles of right conduct of an individual. (UNESCO/IUBS/Eubios Living Bioethics Dictionary version 1.4)
  11. 11. Ethi cs Bioethic s Clinical Ethics Research ethics Resource Allocation ethics Public Health ethics Nursing ethics other Business ethics Environmental ethics Social ethics Organizational ethics IT ethics Other
  12. 12. What is bioethics?  It is derived from Greek bio- life and ethicos moral.  The science/art that aims at identification, analysis, and resolution of the ethical issues in almost any field that is related to human life and health. What is clinical/medical ethics?  It is that branch of bioethics that is related to the identification, analysis, and resolution of moral problems that arise in the healthcare of
  13. 13. Questions answered by Bioethics deciding what we should do (what decisions are morally right or acceptable);  Example: Should patient A or B have the ICU bed? explaining why we should do it (how do we justify our decision in moral terms); and  Why did we decide to admit A & not B? describing how we should do it (the method or manner of our response when we act on our decision).  What are we going to do for patient B?
  14. 14. What is an “ethical issue” or a “moral problem”?  There is an ethical issue when:  …we encounter conflicting values, beliefs, goals, or responsibilities  …we are concerned that persons or their rights are not being respected  …we are concerned about fairness and justice  …we are unsure what we should do or why we should do it, morally speaking
  15. 15. Main Western Philosophies Other philosophies Abrahamic Philosophies Oriental philosophies Utilitarianism African, Asian, etc. Islamic Buddhist Deontology Human Rights Jewish Confucius Feminist ethics Catholic Indian Casuistry Virtue ethics Protestant Persian Principlism Jehovah Witnesses
  16. 16. Why do we need to know about western philosophies?  A Doctor is an international currency (you may be practicing anywhere)  Bridging the knowledge & cultural gaps  Western literature & experience are steps ahead of ours  Ethical concepts & tools are quite universal  No self-development without knowing others  To reflect Islamic concepts to non-Muslims in an appropriate manner
  17. 17. the value of an action is determined by its utility; all actions should be directed toward achieving the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.  Examples: quarantine, isolation, vaccination, etc.  Where does utilitarianism (dis)agrees with Islam?  actions are judged based upon inherent right-making characteristics or principles rather than on their consequences. Emphasis on duty, rules and regulations, principles and moral obligations which govern ones right action  Examples: Doctor’s duties to care for their patients  Where does Duty-Based Ethics (dis)agrees with Islam?
  18. 18. It emphasizes the virtues, or moral character (who is your virtuous model?)  Examples: Doctors as role models.  Should not a patient comply with a “don’t smoke” advice from a smoking doctor?!
  19. 19. (cont.) (Ethics of Care) commitment to correcting male biases (e.g. women’s subordination is morally wrong) and that the moral experience of women is as worthy of respect as that of men.  Where does feminisme (dis)agrees with Islam? The greatest confidence in our moral judgments resides not at the level of theory, where we endlessly disagree, but rather at the level of the case, where our intuitions often converge without the benefit of theory.  Where does Casuistry (dis)agrees with Islam?
  20. 20.  Autonomy: respect humans' ability to choose,  Beneficence: Do Good for others,  Nonmaleficence (Do No Harm), &  Justice (Be fair to your patients)  Where do these principles meet with Islam?
  21. 21. 1)The Koran and 2) the Sunna,  Unanimous agreement of Islamic jurists (Ijmaa)  Acceptance by the majority of trusted scholars (Rayul Jomhour)  Measurement/Analogy (Qiyas),  Remediation (Maslaha), (Istishab)
  22. 22.  The are to preserve person’s: 1. Religion; 2. Soul; 3. Mind; 4. Wealth; & 5. Progeny. All Islamic legislations came to achieve these goals.
  23. 23. What is Islamic Bioethics?  It is the methodology of  defining, analysing and resolving the ethical issues that arise in healthcare practice, or research;  based on the Islamic moral and legislative sources (Koran, Sunna & Ijtihad); and  aims at achieving the goals of Islamic morality (i.e. preservation of human’s religion, soul, mind, wealth & progeny )
  24. 24. 1. The principle of Intention (Qasd): Each action is judged by the intention behind it 2. The principle of Certainty (Yaqeen): Certainty can not be removed by doubt 3. The principle of Injury/Harm (Dharar):  Injury should be relieved; An individual should not harm others or be harmed by others  An injury is not relieved by inflicting or causing a harm of the same degree  Prevention of harm has priority over pursuit of a benefit of equal worth  the lesser harm is committed
  25. 25. 4. The principle of Hardship (Mashaqqat): Difficulty calls forth ease, Necessity (Dharuraat) legalizes the prohibited 5. The principle of - Custom or precedent (Urf):  Custom is recognized as a source of law on which legal rulings are based unless contradicted specifically by text from the main legislative sources, i.e. Koran and Sunna.
  26. 26.  Give example of an ethical issue/problem you faced or witnessed, mentioning the following:  What was the situation?  What was your feeling towards it?  What did you do?  Do you think you did the best thing? why?  What you think you need to know more to be able to handle similar situations in the future?
  27. 27. Thank You To contact Dr. Ghaiath Hussein: Office: (+966)-(1)-2889999 Ext. 7588 Email: ghussein@kfmc.med.sa Personal: 00966566511653 – email: ghaiathme@gmail.com More Resources: http://med-ethics.com/ http://omarkasule.tripod.com/ http://www.islamset.com/ethics/index.html

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