Health care as a complex business: An evaluation of ethical decision-making by health care executives

by Isaac, Je'Darius L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2010, 206 pages; 3427246


This research is a study to evaluate the ethical decision-making process of healthcare executives. The goal of the research was to examine and describe the ethical decision-making process of healthcare executives before the issue occurs. This phenomenon is significant because there is limited research to date regarding the ethical decision making process of executives in healthcare concerning business decisions. Twenty healthcare executives answered the research questions: What areas of healthcare do healthcare executives consider having ethical components? What is important for healthcare executives to think about when making ethical decisions? What processes do executives in healthcare use when practicing ethical decision-making? What process is used to evaluate the factors/motives used in decision- making and the outcome of the decision? A phenomenological research perspective was used to explicate meaning from the data derived from these individuals. This research culminates with an implication for professional practice. Findings from this study contribute to the body of knowledge on ethical decision-making in the area of healthcare.

AdviserKathleen Hargiss
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Medical ethics; Health care management
Publication Number3427246

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