Ethics and philosophy in psychiatry

by Dr Mike Akroyd and reviewed by Dr Justine McCulloch


Learning outcomes:


By the end of this module, we hope you will be able to:


  • describe some of the key philosophical concepts in psychiatry


  • explain the interface between philosophy and our everyday use of language in psychiatry


  • recognise the explicit and implicit value terms that we use in the everyday language of psychiatry


  • describe elements of moral philosophy and core ethical principles


  • describe the evolution of ‘bioethics’ in the 20th century


  • explain the ethics of research and how psychiatry brings special challenges


  • describe the legal and ethical frameworks for understanding confidentiality and consent


  • identify areas of interface between psychiatry and civil law.


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