The commitment to understand and make decisions in line with such guides as institutional policy. There are many moral guides in the healthcare setting, including various professional codes of ethics, various legislation, organizational values and organizational policies. These guides offer direction for what various institutions and organizations believe are the appropriate values that should guide conduct. While these guides are a very important resource when doing an ethics analysis, they do not always offer consistent direction and are not always sensitive to the contextual features of actual situations. It is important to remember that the main justification for following a policy (or a law) is that the policy itself is based on justified values. If following a policy leads to action that goes against key values, then following it would not be justified.

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