Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
258 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
December 2021
Print ISBN: 9781773382913


Offering a compendium of case studies in bioethics, Choosing Well demonstrates real ethical dilemmas that can occur in health care settings. Instructors can draw upon the scenarios in this concise and highly effective resource to encourage analysis, critique, discussion, and debate of hot-button ethical issues.

The authors present a diverse selection of complex case studies in bioethics to stimulate in-depth analysis on topics ranging from distributive justice, research ethics, reproductive technologies, abortion, and death and dying, to the health care professional–patient relationship and ethics in the workplace. The text also features case studies that move through time to reflect real-life decision making and cases that present multiple perspectives to illustrate the challenges that can arise from disputes in health care settings. Utilizing the DECIDED strategy for analyzing case studies, instructors can guide students through the steps needed to work through a wide variety of ethical dilemmas and encourage reflection on their own ethical assumptions.

Accessible, practical, and highly engaging, Choosing Well offers a helpful and interesting way to explore central issues in contemporary bioethics, making it an indispensable resource for instructors and students of bioethics, biomedical ethics, and health care ethics.


  • includes a brief introduction to ethics, the role of case studies, and some of the most important bioethical principles, as well as a glossary of key terms
  • features Canadian-focused content and themes reflecting the challenges of modern health care settings
  • provides a framework for case study analysis, along with sample analyses of three full case studies using the DECIDED approach

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: An Introduction to Ethics, Case Studies, and Bioethical Principles

Chapter 2: The DECIDED Strategy for Working Through Case Studies in Bioethics

Chapter 3: Case Studies on Ethics in the Workplace

Chapter 4: Case Studies on Distributive Justice

Chapter 5: Case Studies on the Health Care Professional–Patient Relationship

Chapter 6: Case Studies on Research Ethics

Chapter 7: Case Studies on Reproductive Technologies

Chapter 8: Case Studies on the Genetic Revolution

Chapter 9: Case Studies on Abortion and Maternal–Fetal Conflicts

Chapter 10: Case Studies on Death and Dying

Chapter 11: Case Studies on Organs and Tissues: Procurement and Transplantation

Chapter 12: Case Studies on Medical Paradigms and Non-Standard Treatment

Chapter 13: Case Studies That Move Through Time

Chapter 14: Case Studies Told from Multiple Perspectives

Appendix A: Alternative Case Study Guidelines

Appendix B: The Role of Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, and the Law in Bioethics

Appendix C: Two Case Studies Analyzed Using the DECIDED Strategy



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