The doctor abided by the principle of beneficence and non-maleficence by suggesting a more beneficial and least harmful route while also respecting the autonomy of the patient. In this example and in many others, beneficence is an important principle because perhaps a patient would change their decision if they were given a route that was more beneficial to them and their situation. By doctors and other healthcare professionals giving patients the most beneficial treatments, they are ensuring that patients have all the options available to them when they make a rational
Autonomy: In a healthcare setting, the right of a patient to make informed choices about their body is defined as autonomy. The moral principle of respect for autonomy directs healthcare providers to refrain from preventing patients from making their own decisions unless these choices pose serious risks to the patient or society. This means that an informed and competent patient has the ability to either accept or decline treatments, surgeries and medications. From the information gathered in the assignment case, it can be assumed that Joseph is in a rational state of mind.
Often times, a patient wants a doctor or nurse that maintains professionalism, but also shows compassion and empathy (Cohn, 2010). A doctor or nurse must carry out their duty to provide the best care possible and make sure their patient feels as though they are a part of the care plan. However, it is also important to maintain empathetic when a patient is having a hard time dealing with a diagnosis. A great way to balance these two, is to be empathetic for the patient’s circumstance, but to also not be too affected emotionally. It is alright to sometimes be emotional with patients, but the patient should not have to feel like they have to support their doctor or nurse.
Patients have a right to privacy and non-interference. The healthcare professionals are obligated to give needed information to patients and relate the risks, and the benefits of a test/treatment. The detail information given will allow the patient to make the best decision on what he/she chooses to do. Hiding information about a diagnosis or not revealing the potential complications because a patient may refuse care seems unethical. Patients have the right to know about their health to make informed
Although they rejected his autonomy the doctors gave him alternatives to decide upon regarding his decision to die. Even though the psychiatrist declared Donald was fully competent, it doesn’t mean he was in the right emotional mindset to make a life decision. In one day he lost everything that we as humans need to function on a daily basis, and he also lost his dad whom he was extremely close to. It is logical to argue that Donald’s decision to die was clouded by those factors to a point that he couldn’t see that the treatment were best for
Which further allows the individual to make an appropriate decision in their own interest even if not the best interest. For example, PTs consider a certain intervention to be more beneficial to the patient and the patient is not willing to undergo the treatment; in such circumstances it is the duty of the therapist to explain the need of the intervention and also provide the patient with other treatment options available and leave the decision for the patient to make depending on what suits him/her the best. Autonomy and beneficence have different ideologies but they need to be in sync for the healthcare provider to strike a balance between both and obtain optimum health care for the patient. Even with such an ethical dilemma it is the duty of the health care worker to provide appropriate information to the patient and to convince the individual to make the best choice without affecting the autonomy of the patient.
Medical management can neith rer be proven or disproven. The last part I want to mention is forgiveness. “Forgiveness does not mean condoning or excusing what happened in the past. Nor does it mean forgetting, accepting the behavior of the other, reconciling with the other, suppressing feelings of hurt, or losing one’s moral compass or outrage at injustice” (229).
The government is saying that physicians are role models and should be viewed as people who save lives, not people who take life away. Opponents contend that physician-assisted suicide undermines doctors’ roles in society. According to American Medical Association, “Allowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good” (Fuller). The community looks up to doctors, especially the sickly elders. They might be influenced to seek help in easing their suffering.
Another reason behind anti-euthanasia supporters reasoning is the belief that it gives the doctor too much influence and power over patients. Opponents believe that euthanasia goes against the Hippocratic Oath and the four principles of medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath states that is a popular medical statement written in the fifteenth century by Hippocrates, a Greek physician. The Hippocratic Oath states that deadly medicine should never be given to someone even if they ask (Cockeram 10). The four principles of medical ethics guarantee that all doctors must avoid harming their patients, are rational in their judgement, aim to do good, and treat all patients with fairness.
By labeling treatment as unnecessary, the doctor suggests that we are in a situation where the treatment does not bring any medical benefit. Of course, in ordinary situations, to not recommend unnecessary treatment it depends of good medical practice, and it is the subject of many studies, protocols and lessons of continuing medical education. In these situations, the decision on the futility of a treatment is a decision to rationalize costs. In life and death situations, however, the physician must ensure that by declaring that one treatment is useless, he has not been driven by costs and does not make an economic judgment. In this case it would be a serious mistake to label his own decision as futility.
However, they do believe that when a person is dying it is acceptable to forgo extraordinary therapies, treatments if it is okay with the family members. They should not feel obligated to extend their life by means that are unreasonable to them. The Buddhist religion also oppose to physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia they are taught to have a great respect for life. However, they believe that life does not have to be preserved at all times especially if a person is dying. Meaning that if a terminally ill person wants to refuse treatment at any time they could do so.
Hello class, When taking patients reproductive history as a medical assistant I will stay very professional and respectful. Some patients might not feel comfortable releasing private information to you therefore you should assure them that whatever information they disclose to you will be use only for health reason. Make the patient feel comfortable. Some of the questions that you will ask them can make the patient feel embarrassed or uncomfortable because the patient doesn 't want for her private life to be known. Depending on the patient I will try to help them understand that what am asking is not to be nosy but to help the doctor better serve them.
Educating the staff on alternatives is essential to reduce the use of restraints such as providing a quiet environment and fall precaution measures. Additionally, care must be individualized and we encourage visits from family and friends. The caregivers must give priority to respect for the dignity of the residents. I agree the family and care giving team must work together in the decision-making process. Have a good
There are three implications that would occur if a change in law were past, one would be the change in palliative care. Adequate palliative care is a prerequisite to the legalization of medical aid in dying. Patients should never have to choose death because of unbearable pain, which can be treated but cannot be accessed. It is wrong to deny grievously ill patients the option of medical aid in dying because of systematic inadequacies in the delivery of palliative care. Safeguarding patients by building a strong patient physician relationship must be established so that there is no foul play in the outcome.
S does raise the possibility of higher risks for not doing the surgery, but not having any other health issues contributes to her decision to not take the risk of having the surgery. The physician is ethical in the decision to decrease Mrs. S anxiety. The physician made the correct call which is backed by the principle that the patient is assumed competent unless there is strong evidence to the contrary. Medical professionals may not agree with the patient’s decision but it must be respected to avoid issues. Beauchamp TL, Childress JF.