Ethics. Research. Community.

Using Implementation Science to Enact Specific Ethical Norms: The Case of Code Status Policy

This editorial presented by the American Journal of Bioethics. You can see the April 2020 issue by clicking here.

by Emily Shearer & David Magnus

In their article, “The ‘Ought-Is Problem:’ An Implementation Science Framework for Translating Ethical Norms into Practice,” Sisk et al. correctly draw a distinction between aspirational norms (“broad claims that are easily agreed upon”–e.g. “Everyone should have their goals of care met at the end of life”)–and specific norms (claims that provide “direct guidance” about specific actions that should ensue–e.g.…

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