A dynamic model of ethical reasoning in speech pathology

Belinda Kenny, Michelle Lincoln, Susan Balandin

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Ten new graduate speech pathologists recounted their experiences in managing workplace ethical dilemmas in semi-structured interviews. Their stories were analysed for elements that described the nature and management of the ethical dilemmas. Ethical reasoning themes were generated to reflect the participants' approaches to managing these dilemmas. Finally, a conceptual model, the Dynamic Model of Ethical Reasoning, was developed. This model incorporates the elements of awareness, independent problem solving, supported problem solving, and decision and outcome evaluation. Features of the model demonstrate the complexity of ethical reasoning and the challenges that new graduates encounter when managing ethical dilemmas. The results have implications for preparing new graduates to manage ethical dilemmas in the workplace.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-513
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes


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