The ethics of sustainable health and social care: towards a framework for decision-making

Document type
Literature review
Cox, Gary; Max, Catherine
Social Care Institute for Excellence
Date of publication
1 December 2011
Adults' services SCIE report; 51
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Health Services
Social welfare
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This paper is not a detailed or exhaustive review of the literature on ethical decision-making in health and social care in the context of  environmental sustainability. Rather, the intention is to summarise key findings as they relate to distinct ethical principles that can be applied to the specifics of decision-making in health and social care if environmental sustainability is taken into account. From this review, a ‘long list’ of principles relating to environmental and climate change decision-making is identified that may form the basis for selecting relevant principles applicable to decision-making in health and social care.

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