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PRINCIPALISM 2
Principalism, especially in the context of bioethics in the United States, has often been
critiqued for raising the principle of autonomy to the highest place, such that it trumps all
other principles or values. How would you rank the importance of each of the four
principles? How do you believe they would be ordered in the context of the Christian
biblical narrative? Refer to the lecture and topic readings in your response
Principalism refers to the four principal’s approach that mainly entail in bioethics. Each
of the four principals take a key role in ensuring that there is optimal patient care and safety.
According to (Beauchamp, Childress J. F., & Systems, 2013) ,all of the four principals provide
adequate guidelines on decision making in case the medical practitioners face challenging and
complicated situations involving their patients. The four principals include beneficence, non-
maleficence, autonomy and justice.
The first principal in healthcare ethics is autonomy. This simply means that the patient
has the right to retain control over his or her body (McCormick, 2013). The work of the health
care professional is just to advice the patient and not to force them into making any decisions.
Following this, medics should be very professional when dealing with their patients. The medic
should therefore respect the patient’s decisions whether they think it is the right one or not. Since
some patients have strong beliefs like some do not believe in injections, then the medic should
just give oral medication and not insist on injecting the patient.
According to (Beauchamp, Childress J. F., & Systems, 2013), the second principle is
non-maleficence. This simply means ‘do not harm’. Each medic should take into account this
principle since it means that the decisions they might make in regard to the patient should not be
a harmful one. In addition to this, the principle implies that no harm should be instilled to the
patient either through omission or commission. In case there is an operation going on and the

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Running head: PRINCIPALISM 1 Principalism Student’s name: Institutional affiliation: PRINCIPALISM 2 Principalism, especially in the context of bioethics in the United States, has often been critiqued for raising the principle of autonomy to the highest place, such that it trumps all other principles or values. How would you rank the importance of each of the four principles? How do you believe they would be ordered in the context of the Christian biblical narrative? Refer to the lecture and topic readings in your response Principalism refers to the four principal’s approach that mainly entail in bioethics. Each of the four principals take a key role in ensuring that there is optimal patient care and safety. According to (Beauchamp, Childress J. F., & Systems, 2013) ,all of the four principals provide adequate guidelines on decision making in case the medical practitioners face challenging and complicated situations involving their patients. The four principals include beneficence, nonmaleficence, autonomy and justice. The first principal in healthcare ethics is autonomy. This simply means that the patient has the right to retain control over his or her body (McCormick, 2013). The work of the health care professional is just to advice the patient and not to force them into making any decisions. Following this, medics should be very professional when dealing with their patients. The medic should therefore respect the patient’s decisions whether they think it is the ...
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