Compilation | November 2002

Four Principles of Biomedical Ethics: Definitions and Examples

by Sandra J. Sucher

Abstract

Introduces four principles of biomedical ethics, excerpted from Principles of Biomedical Ethics, Tom L. Beauchamp and James F. Childress (Oxford University Press, 2001). The principles provide a conceptual framework for the analysis and resolution of moral problems encountered in the clinical delivery of health care, medical research, and the distribution of health care resources. The four principles are: respect for autonomy, nonmaleficence ("doing no harm"), beneficence, and justice.

Keywords: Framework; Moral Sensibility; Health Care and Treatment; Distribution; Problems and Challenges; Research; Emotions; Management Analysis, Tools, and Techniques; Pharmaceutical Industry; Health Industry;

Citation:

Sucher, Sandra J. "Four Principles of Biomedical Ethics: Definitions and Examples." Harvard Business School Compilation 603-079, November 2002.