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M. Johnson & Associates, LLC

Independent Case Management & Consulting

Ethical Case Management

The statement sets forth ethical principles for case management practice. When applied in practice, these principles underlie right decisions and actions. Thus, they can be utilized by individuals or peers to judge the morality of particular decisions and/or actions.

Ethics is inherently intertwined with morality. In the practice of the health care professions, ethics traditionally has dealt with the interpersonal level between provider (e.g. case manager) and client, rather than the policy level which emphasized the good of society. Ethics deals with ferreting out what is appropriate in situations which are labeled "dilemmas" because there are no really good alternatives and/or where none of the alternatives are particularly desirable. Thus, ethics addresses the judgment of right and wrong or good and bad.

Ethical Principles in Case Management Practice

As professionals emanating from a variety of health care disciplines, case managers adhere to the code of ethics for their profession of origin. In all health care practices certain principles of ethics apply. Case management is guided by the principles of autonomy, beneficence, non maleficence, justice and veracity.