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Article: Critical care ethics in Hong Kong: Cross-cultural conflicts as east meets west

TitleCritical care ethics in Hong Kong: Cross-cultural conflicts as east meets west
Authors
KeywordsFamily
Futility
Individual Autonomy
Triage
Issue Date1998
PublisherTaylor & Francis Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/03605310.asp
Citation
Journal Of Medicine And Philosophy, 1998, v. 23 n. 6, p. 616-627 How to Cite?
AbstractThe practice of critical care medicine has long been a difficult task for most critical care physicians in the densely populated city of Hong Kong, where we face limited resources and a limited number of intensive care beds. Our triage decisions are largely based on the potential of functional reversibility of the patients. Provision of graded care beds may help to relieve some of the demands on the intensive care beds. Decisions to forego futile medical treatment are frequently physician-guided family-based decisions, which is quite contrary to the Western focus on patient autonomy. However, as people acquire knowledge about health care and they become more aware of individual rights, our critical care doctors will be able to narrow the gaps between the different concepts of medical ethics among our professionals as well as in our society. An open and caring attitude from our intensivists will be important in minimizing the cross-cultural conflict on the complex issue of medical futility. © Swets & Zeitlinger.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/162257
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.293
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.601
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dc.contributor.authorWong, KKen_US
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dc.description.abstractThe practice of critical care medicine has long been a difficult task for most critical care physicians in the densely populated city of Hong Kong, where we face limited resources and a limited number of intensive care beds. Our triage decisions are largely based on the potential of functional reversibility of the patients. Provision of graded care beds may help to relieve some of the demands on the intensive care beds. Decisions to forego futile medical treatment are frequently physician-guided family-based decisions, which is quite contrary to the Western focus on patient autonomy. However, as people acquire knowledge about health care and they become more aware of individual rights, our critical care doctors will be able to narrow the gaps between the different concepts of medical ethics among our professionals as well as in our society. An open and caring attitude from our intensivists will be important in minimizing the cross-cultural conflict on the complex issue of medical futility. © Swets & Zeitlinger.en_US
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dc.subjectFutilityen_US
dc.subjectIndividual Autonomyen_US
dc.subjectTriageen_US
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