The 4C model: A reflective tool for the analysis of ethical cases at the neonatal intensive-care unit

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Doctors and nurses at the neonatal intensive-care unit at The University Hospital, Rigshospitalet, in Copenhagen, Denmark regularly find themselves in ethically challenging and potentially distressing situations concerning the life of ill newborn babies. In collaboration with the neonatal intensive-care unit, my project was to develop a method that could stimulate systematically dialogical moral inquiry within everyday clinical practice. My four months of ethnographic fieldwork at the neonatal intensive-care unit generated four fundamental themes that make up the scaffold of the developed model for ethical deliberation and decision making. The model is a reflective tool to be used by health care professionals in situ. It provides a structured and a systematic framework for dialogue that can clarify the obscurities of a case and give argumentative support for ethical decisions. This article explains how the 4C model was developed and whereof it consists.
TidsskriftClinical Ethics
Udgave nummer4
Sider (fra-til)120-126
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - dec. 2014

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