Handbook for Rural Health Care Ethics


A Practical Guide for Professionals

The Handbook For Rural Health Care Ethics uses a case-based approach to analyzing, solving and anticipating health care ethics dilemmas. The Handbook is authored by physicians, nurses, health-care ethicists, and hospital administrators who all had scholarship or expertise in rural ethics, and was funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Library of Medicine.

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Section I: Rural Health Care Ethics

Chapter 1 Introduction
William A. Nelson
Chapter 3 The Ethical Life of Rural Health Care Professionals
Ruth B. Purtilo
Chapter 2 A Landscape View of Life and Health Care in Rural Settings
Angeline Bushy
Chapter 4 "Doing" Ethics in Rural Health Care Institutions
Jacqueline J. Glover

Section II: Common Ethics Issues in Rural Communities

Chapter 5 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Patient-Provider Relationships
Rachel Davis, Laura Weiss Roberts
Chapter 10 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Stigma and Illness
Aruna Tummala, Laura Weiss Roberts
Chapter 6 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Overlapping Roles
Andrew Pomerantz
Chapter 11 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: End-of-Life Decision-Making
Denise Niemira, Tom Townsend
Chapter 7 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Privacy and Confidentiality
Tom Townsend
Chapter 12 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Recognizing and Disclosing Medical Errors
Ann Freeman Cook, Helena Hoas
Chapter 8 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Shared Decision-Making
Denise Niemira
Chapter 13 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Reproductive Health Care
Barbara Elliott, Ruth Westra
Chapter 9 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Allocation of Scarce Resources
Paul B. Gardent, Susan A. Reeves
Chapter 14 Ethics Conflicts in Rural Communities: Health Information Technology
David A. Fleming

Section III: Rural Ethics Resources

Chapter 15 Practical Strategies for Addressing and Preventing Ethics Issues in Rural Settings
William A. Nelson, Karen E. Schifferdecker
Chapter 17 Rural Health Care Ethics: A Selected Bibliography and Web sites
Mary Ann Greene
Chapter 16 Developing Rural Ethics Networks
Lisa Anderson-Shaw, Jacqueline J. Glover