Ethics in brain injury medicine

Joseph J. Fins, Debjani Mukherjee

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This chapter focuses on three core areas of ethical concern that span the range of brain injury medicine, including quality of life (QOL), respect for autonomy, and societal obligations/social justice. QOL is also foundational to the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation, which “aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.” A criterion that has long been used to justify restraining an individual’s autonomy or liberty is the degree to which his or her behavior threatens harm to himself or herself, or to others. Societal obligations include human rights for people with brain injuries. These include the right to life with dignity, health, benefit from scientific progress, education, freedom of expression, community, family, and equality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrain Injury Medicine, Third Edition
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780826143051
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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