Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Malaysia, Sarawak, Malaysia
*Corresponding Author: Manfred Mortell, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Malaysia, Sarawak, Malaysia.
Received: November 18, 2019; Published: December 02, 2019
This article will discuss a unique concept which the author calls the “theory-practice-ethics gap”. It advises the reader of the existing healthcare dilemmas related to medical errors which endangers a patient’s safety. The predicament is one of non-compliance or unethical practices by healthcare professionals. Predictably, the healthcare academics declare that when clinical practice is lacking, a “theory-practice gap” is typically to blame. Within this paradigm there is a gap between theoretical knowledge and its appliance in practice. Testimony relating to the non-integration of theory and practice makes the conjecture that environmental dynamics are accountable and will affect learning and practice results, hence the "gap". Nevertheless, it is the author's credence, that to "bridge the gap" relating to theory and practice an additional factor must be taken into account. The factor is called “Ethics” and introduces a unique concept which the author has labelled the “theory-practice-ethics gap”. This unique concept must be considered when appraising the undesirable consequences of medical errors in healthcare practice.
Keywords: Ethics; Theory- Practice Gap; Medical Errors; Non-compliance
Citation: Manfred Mortell. “Theory - Practice - Ethics: Is there a Gap? A Unique Concept to Reflect on”.Acta Scientific Women's Health 2.1 (2020): 01-02.
Copyright: © 2020 Manfred Mortell. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.