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By B. F. Skinner

The elemental e-book concerning the debatable philosophy referred to as behaviorism, written by means of its best exponent.

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Moral concepts, however, do not necessarily rest on reasoning alone, but also on the pleasure (or displeasure) of the consequences of actions. Kant argued that some ideas appear complex, but are actually archetypes, suggesting, for example, that virtue and wisdom can be seen as moral values but can equally be viewed as regulatory principles. This is because, when related to rules of law or cultural behaviours, they provide boundaries, preventing completely free actions. Kant would accept that no individual fully achieves a wise and virtuous life.

A more serious issue is that some ICPs focus solely on medical treatment to the exclusion of all other aspects of service user well-being. For example, an ICP for the management of adults with methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) covers the identification of the site of infection, the level of cross-infection precautions needed, the range of topical and systemic medication needed and the duration of their use, and finally the process of confirmation that the service user is free of infection.

E. S. (2000) Evidence-based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM. London: Churchill Livingstone. Seebohm Report (1968) Report of the Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Services, London: Department of Health. Sheldon, B. (1986) ‘Social work effectiveness experiments: review and implications’, British Journal of Social Work, 16: 223–42. Sheldon, B. (2001) ‘The validity of evidence-based practice in social work: a reply to Stephen Webb’, The British Journal of Social Work, 31(5): 552.

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