What you'll get from this guide
- An understanding of how to recognise when a situation raises ethical issues
- A comprehensive six-step approach to take when facing an ethical question
- Tips on how to use existing guidance, such as from the GMC, to guide actions where ethical questions arise
- An example situation to help with visualisation
How to use this guide
The complexity of an ethical question impacts the approach that doctors should take to address the issues that arise. The guidance is split into six consecutive steps which can guide doctors through important considerations when facing an ethical question. When using the guidance, doctors may find it helpful to work through each step before they choose a course of action.