December 12, 2011
Everyday people have a code that they follow on a day to day basis. This code helps them make decisions about their life, careers and family. However, this type of code would only hurt or harm oneself. The medical code of ethics carry much more weight because they are dealing with people’s lives on a daily basis and one mistake could cost someone their life. Code of ethics is a system that applies values and judgments to the practice of medicine. As a scholarly discipline, medical ethics encompasses its practical application in clinical settings as well as work on its history, philosophy, theology, and sociology (American Medical Association, 2011). In this paper we will discuss how the Mayo Clinic encompasses the code of ethics by explaining the organization’s goals, how they tied their goal to their ethical principles. We describe the role and importance of the corporation’s ethical values and what is the relationship between the organization’s culture and ethical decision-making. The Mayo Clinic is known for dealing with difficult patients especially those that other professionals believe can not be helped. Their desire to open their door to help people who feel they have nowhere else to go, proves the ethical code of first do no harm and that includes mental harm. Years ago when the founding creators established the Mayo Clinic organization, their mission and standards were based upon the knowledge that patient-centered relationships, quality care, effective communication, and research are imperative in providing care. The physician-patient relationship has always been an important aspect to achieving the organization’s ultimate goal among patients and their families. According to Frey (2005) the Mayo Clinic has realized that the physician-patient relationship and physician-patient communication are top factors that contribute to its mission of patient priority and satisfaction. Physicians and other health care staff of the Mayo organization are expected to demonstrate the values of compassion, teamwork, and respect amongst each other and the patient(s). The implementation of strategic planning and goal setting is a major part of Mayo’s medical practices and clinical research for past, present, and future endeavors (Burnett, 2000). As of today the Mayo Clinic’s philosophy of placing patients’ needs first, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, still is evident throughout its worldwide clinics and health care systems in the United States. The Mayo Clinic’s continued commitment to help and assist the medical field in enhancing patient care and reduction of human disease through clinical research is what allows this organization to be a part of leading medical technology and research discovery (Burnett, 2000). In relation to the organization’s culture, the demonstration and promotion of patient excellence and satisfaction details its cooperation in making effective ethical decisions. Also the organization’s values and learning culture are incorporated into the daily operations of providing excellent patient care. Ethical issues like end-of-life interventions, stem cell research, and controversial procedures are just a few of the ethical dilemmas that are addressed at Mayo Clinic and throughout the medical field. According to Frey (2005) the Mayo Clinic health care experience provides patients with both excellent biomedical and quality care. Annually, the Mayo Clinic trains and provides continued education for their medical staff and health care personnel to aid in cultural competency and awareness. These measures allow the organization to create a proactive environment in which staff members place patient’s needs first and provide quality medical care in accordance to the organization’s mission.
It is very important that your personnel ethical values match those of the company you are working for. For those that are employed by places that have...