A narrative approach to bioethical decision making: The missing link between bioethics and conflict management?



Beginning in the 1990s and continuing today with increasing velocity, advances in science and medicine have profoundly affected not only health and health care, but also ethical thinking as well. Physicians, researchers, patients, and families are increasingly called on to make difficult decisions between competing values, which provides fodder for serious conflict. This article discusses a narrative approach to bioethical decision making and suggests that lessons from the field of conflict management could enhance its promise.