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The Fetal Care Center of Cincinnati commits to the highest ethical standards in patient care, therapeutic innovation, and research. This document guides the health care professionals under the auspices of the Fetal Care Center.
The practice of medicine is a moral enterprise involving values that may conflict. Autonomy, beneficence/nonmaleficence, justice, veracity and fidelity are well defined and supported ethical values in medicine. It is important to consider these values both from the patient’s/family’s perspective and the health care professional’s perspective. The ongoing relationship between the health care professional and the patient/family trust and respect form the foundation on which decisions are made. The above values may provide clarity and guidance when there is a difference of opinion. For the purposes of this document we define these terms as follows:
In addition to the ethical values discussed above, the ethical integrity of the health care professional is vital to the delivery of quality health care. It involves a moral attitude and sensitivity to other people’s needs whether patients, families, colleagues and includes such virtues as compassion, empathy, honesty, humility, and courage. Courage, in this context, implies that a health care professional maintains his/her moral stance.
The Fetal Care Center is committed to quality medical care that is safe and based on the best medical knowledge available. When a therapeutic innovative procedure is offered to a patient there should be a compelling rationale and a high likelihood of success even when a clear prediction of outcome cannot be made. (Beneficence/nonmaleficence)
The Fetal Care Center is committed to quality clinical research. When patients and families are referred to the Fetal Care Center they should be apprised of the research nature and identity of the program. All clinical research is governed by the ethical principles set forth in this document.
The Fetal Care Center Clinical Director, Fetal Care Center Medical Director annual review.
Last revised August 11, 2010
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