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One of the adult children demanded for an answer to her mother’s health condition to the extent of becoming abusive to the staff. I later heard the doctor telling the child about his mother’s diagnostic condition.
The above case study presents an ethical dilemma that the doctor in charge had to handle in a professional and ethical manner. There is need for an ethical model to be used in the analysis of this case and followed through its implementation procedures. The model essentially works to enhance the decision-making process in order to arrive at a feasible alternative approach without violating the rights of either party involved.
The doctor in this case scenario was in a dilemma on whether to abide by the woman’s request of keeping her condition secret or to inform her children of the condition as they had become unruly. The patient was in shock and was not yet ready to share the information with the rest of the family save for her husband. As her condition continued to deteriorate, her family became more concerned and wanted to know exactly what was ailing their mother. The eldest son became more inquisitive, and abusive to the staff. In order to contain the situation, the brain mass doctor opted to inform the eldest child of his mother’s condition. going against her wish.
In my own assessment, giving out information to the children without the consent of her patient was not a professional way of solving the ethical dilemma. The doctor violated the health policy that requires the privacy of patients’ information to be sustained and only availed to the authorized practitioners for medical intervention (Chivima, 2014). According to the brain mass doctor, giving out information to the family was meant to solve the anxiety among the family members considering that they are also entitled to information about their patient.
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The case study will be evaluated with respect to the utilitarian theory of ethics and the theory of ethical hierarchicalism. Utilitarian ethics provides a fairly straightforward means of deciding a course of action for a particular matter. Possible alternative courses of actions have to be identified which are evaluated for their potential merits.
However, it is much better than the former option. Though, the inmates who are to be released based on guess work are likely to be of little harm to the society. On the other hand, if there is lack of security personnel at the correction facility, the inmates who manage to flee are likely to be the most dangerous ones.
In this case, the ability to reason ethically becomes a very important aspect of such professionals as counsellors. There are some models of ethical reasoning that help professionals at such dilemmatic moments to come up with a final decision. Examples of thee models include Utilitarianism, Kant's-Formalist-Theory and Wallace’s Ethical Contextualism.
Janet, the nurse communicated this to the attending Intesivist, Dr. Johnson who sought to disobey the directive based on the belief that she would get better. This is in spite of the insistence by the family that the directive be followed. Refusal to follow the directive is legally considered to amount to assault and battery under common law.
This write up seeks to identify current case about an ethical issue related to adult education in terms of its outcome and implication and make useful recommendations of best practice that may be derived from the outcome of the
Therefore, once a patient is presented in the hospital, the health care providers must give them all the pertinent information that they might need in order to decide whether to undergo a risky procedure or not.