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The patient perspective in health care networks

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Ethics, June 2018
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The patient perspective in health care networks
Published in
BMC Medical Ethics, June 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12910-018-0298-x
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Kasper Raus, Eric Mortier, Kristof Eeckloo


Health care organization is entering a new age. Focus is increasingly shifting from individual health care institutions to interorganizational collaboration and health care networks. Much hope is set on such networks which have been argued to improve economic efficiency and quality of care. However, this does not automatically mean they are always ethically justified. A relevant question that remains is what ethical obligations or duties one can ascribe to these networks especially because networks involve many risks. Due to their often amorphous and complex structure, collective responsibility and accountability may increase while individual responsibility goes down. We argue that a business ethics approach to ethical obligations for health care networks, is problematic and we propose to opt for a patient perspective. Using the classic four principles of biomedical ethics (justice, nonmaleficence, beneficence and autonomy) it is possible to identify specific ethical duties. Based on the principle of justice, health care networks have an ethical duty to provide just and fair access for all patients and to be transparent to patients about how access is regulated. The principle of nonmaleficence implies an obligation to guarantee patient safety, whereas the principle of beneficence implies an obligation for health care networks to guarantee continuity of care in all its dimensions. Finally, the principle of autonomy is translated into a specific obligation to promote and respect patient choice. Networks that fail to meet any of these conditions are suspect and cannot be justified ethically. Faced with daunting challenges, the health care system is changing rapidly. Currently many hopes ride on integrated care and broad health care networks. Such networks are the topic of empirical debate, but more attention should be given to the ethical aspects. Health care networks raise new and pressing ethical issues and we are in need of a framework for assessing how and when such networks are justified.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 119 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 19 16%
Student > Master 15 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 8%
Researcher 8 7%
Other 6 5%
Other 14 12%
Unknown 48 40%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 24 20%
Medicine and Dentistry 17 14%
Social Sciences 5 4%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 2%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 2%
Other 10 8%
Unknown 59 50%
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