The following materials summarize significant legal and clinical cases that illustrate important issues in healthcare ethics.
Some of these cases are landmark legal cases that have had a significant influence on the development of healthcare ethics as a field. Other cases, while perhaps less well-known, illustrate important questions, issues and concepts that arise in healthcare ethics.
After each case, you will find a list of Key Ethical Principles, and Issues & Concepts that are especially relevant to that case. By providing these cases in conjunction with links to the relevant principles, issues and concepts, we hope to facilitate a better understanding of how the different key ethical principles, issues and concepts relate to one another and interact in the analysis of difficult moral questions that arise in the context of healthcare.