Military Healthcare Ethics: Making It Relevant to the Whole Military Care Team

Martin Bricknell, Chiu-Yi Lin*, Janet Kelly, Alan Brockie

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This article notes the significant increase in academic papers and policy guidance on the subject of ethical practice in military healthcare over the past two decades. This is usually within the domain of “military medical ethics,” linking medical ethics as applied to the medical profession (doctors) with ethics as applied within the military (primarily from the perspective of officers). This article argues that this, highly elitist, perspective disenfranchises the majority of the military healthcare team who are nurses and allied health professionals and serve across the entire rank spectrum. We suggest that the subject should be reframed under the banner “military healthcare ethics” to include the concepts within military medical ethics but to emphasize the obligations of all military health professionals to comply with legal, regulatory, and ethical guidance for the practice of healthcare in the military environment. We recommend that the subject should be included in the curricula for education and training for all military health professions across their whole career.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMilitary Medicine
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2022


  • ethics
  • Military medics


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