Theories Of Deontology And Utilitarian Ethics

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DQ1: How do deontology and utilitarianism support spirituality in health care organizations? Deontology refers to a general category of ethical or moral theories. This category defines the right action in terms of duties and moral rules. This branch of ethics asserts that an act is morally worthy if it upholds one 's moral obligation (Bowen, 2014). If an administrator supports Kantian deontology, he or she could use the categorical imperative to state that respecting and allowing one to pursue spiritual growth is a moral and ethical duty (Morrison & Furlong, 2014). Healthcare leaders and administrators have an ethical duty to provide environments in which both workers and patients can examine their spiritual desires and needs. The practical utilitarian view might also consider the ethical of incorporating spirituality into the healthcare workplace. Unlike the deontological approach, which determines the appropriateness of an action based on duty, utilitarian theories of ethical decision making often are based on theory developed by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill (Morrison & Furlong, 2014). These writers suggested that an action or behavior might be justified if it yields the greatest good for the greatest number. Therefore, a utilitarian could support spiritualty in the workplace if incorporating this practice resulted in increased worker productivity, decreased worker turnover, increased patient confidence in the provider, and a greater sense of connectedness between
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