This section of Ascension Health's Ethics Resources is intended to explain key ethical principles that are relevant to healthcare ethics. Only those principles considered to be most foundational have been included in this section. Other principles may be discussed in the Issues & Concepts section of the Web site.
Some of the principles discussed here are unique to the Catholic moral tradition, while others may be recognized by the general secular methods as well. These key ethical principles also have been linked to legal or clinical cases that illustrate how a particular principle may factor into moral analysis within healthcare ethics.