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Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Dec;110(6):1479-87.

ACOG Committee Opinion No. 390, December 2007. Ethical decision making in obstetrics and gynecology.

Abstract

Physicians vary widely in their familiarity with ethical theories and methods and their sensitivity toward ethical issues. It is important for physicians to improve their skills in addressing ethical questions. Obstetrician-gynecologists who are familiar with the concepts of medical ethics will be better able to approach complex ethical situations in a clear and structured way. By considering the ethical frameworks involving principles, virtues, care and feminist perspectives, concern for community, and case precedents, they can enhance their ability to make ethically justifiable clinical decisions. Guidelines,consisting of several logical steps, are offered to aid the practitioner in analyzing and resolving ethical problems.

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