Learning about Professional Ethics from Inter-Professional Dialogue


David T. Ozar


Our society’s professions, including the health professions, have long overlooked the possibility that one might learn something valuable about one’s own profession’s ethics by studying the ethics of other professions. Reflecting on the preceding article by Ritwik, Patterson, and Alfonzo-Echeverri, one can identify important similarities between dentistry’s professional ethics and the ethics of the other health professions.  But there are also important differences between these professions’ ethics that should prompt reflection on the reasons for these differences, perhaps challenge something that has been taken for granted in one’s own profession, and in any case facilitate better mutual understanding and more effective inter-professional collaboration.



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