Discourse on medicine: meditative and calculative approaches to ethics from an international perspective
- Issue Date
- BioMed Central
- Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, 9(1):18
- Heideggers two modes of thinking, calculative and meditative, were used as the thematic basis for this qualitative study of physicians from seven countries (Canada, China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, & Thailand). Focus groups were conducted in each country with 69 physicians who cared for the elderly. Results suggest that physicians perceived ethical issues primarily through the lens of calculative thinking (76%) with emphasis on economic concerns. Meditative responses represented 24% of the statements and were mostly generated by Canadian physicians whose patients typically were not faced with economic barriers to treatment due to Canadas universal health care system.