For example some believe that people who are not terminally ill but suffer from other illness would convince their physician to end their life. Another argument is that suicide goes against many religious beliefs. Some traditional arguments is that physician assisted suicide has some flaws, as well as patients could request assistance in suicide that may be mentally ill. Before a physician accepts the patient’s request, I feel it is appropriate to evaluate the patient to ensure they are of sound mind and body, when the request is made. In my opinion, it is morally wrong to kill someone just because they may be depressed, or if they are feeling life has too many struggles. However, if we allow the terminally ill patient that has exhausted all medical treatments that would cure their illness, it should be their decision on when they want to die.
Physician Assisted Suicide: Life or Death Karly Turner SOC 120 April 22, 2013 Physician Assisted Suicide: Life or Death A doctor’s obligation is to provide support and comfort through a terminally ill patient’s process of death. There has been a great deal of discussion over the topic of physician assisted suicide over the past couple of years. While this can be viewed as illegal in many people’s eyes, should terminally ill patient be allowed to determine if they want to live or die? Assisted suicide should be voluntarily made, but the patient must be capable of making that decision. If you are ill and feel nothing but pain should you be forced to live?
JACK KEVORKIAN making” (Principle of Informed Consent, n.d., para.1). Even though his patients may have covered those four things and at the time Kevorkian was not breaking any laws, but he also was not following the code of ethics. In the case of Thomas Youk, he aired himself on 60 Minutes performing lethal injection on him. He was not respecting the patient’s dignity and privacy in his final hours. Monitoring the release of patient information is extremely important, especially now with the HIPAA Laws.
I would like to ask if Mr X suffering from depression? As a therapist it would be unethical for me to treat a patient who suffers depression. In this instance I would suggest to Mr X as politely and as tactfully as possible that he seek help or advice from his account GP before seeking any further assistance from me. This is obviously assuming that as an ethical and professional therapist I have taken a medical history and have asked for information regarding any medication Mr X is taking and also any additional or alternative treatment he is receiving and have taken it all into. As a novice therapist I am not allowed to treat a client who is suffering from depression and I would try to refer Mr X to a more experienced professional.
The only way Jerry would be authorized to call in a prescription for the patient is if Dr. Williams has left a prescription for refill for the patient. Valium is a very addictive drug and if the patient was to have a reaction to this medication and lived the doctor and Jerry would be in danger of a malpractice lawsuit and losing their licenses. If the patient didn’t make it
The article really focuses on many doctors that prescribe medications without realizing the consequences of their chronic illness already and what a new medication will do to them. A major aspect of this article is Senior Citizens
However, there are instances that do not have a right answer and the outcome has a negative impact on the patient, the family, and the nurse involved. This is known as moral distress. In the following scenario the right action to take seems clear to me, however, the family and physician make it impossible for me to take the appropriate action for my patient (Burkhardt & Nathaniel, 2008; Santiago & Abdool, 2011). The contents of this paper will describe the ethical scenario and provide a model that helps guide me to make and ethical decision. Using the four component model of James Rest (as cited by Robichaux, 2012) will assist me in developing ethical skills that will build on the ethical decision making model developed by Burkhardt and Nathaniel (2008).
Rhetorical Analysis Rough Draft Death and Dignity: A Case of Individualized Decision Making by Timothy Quill I believe that the main purpose of Quill’s essay is to point out his “belief that active, informed patient choice of treatment or non-treatment and of the patient’s right to die with dignity with much control and dignity as possible. Yet there was something about her giving up a.25 chance of a long-term survival in state in favor of almost certain death that disturbed me” (Quill 692). “Even though he believed in a patient’s choice of treatment, he was hoping that Diane would change her mind start chemotherapy” (692). Quill states “that as a former director of a hospice program, I know how to use pain medicine to keep patients comfortable and lessen suffering. I explained the philosophy of comfort, which I strongly believe in Quill (692).
END OF LIFE DECISION MAKING By Eric Fleckenstein 2009 What is an Advance Directive in the first place? This is a document that an individual would write, while they are of sound mind, stating exactly what they want for medical care and treatment if and when they become incapable of making these decisions. Most people never even think about end of life decisions until it has either abruptly come up on them or they realize that they need to address the issue because of their age. Having to deal with these questions are stressful enough but the most upsetting thing about it is how many peoples’ requests are being completely ignored. Communicating end of life preferences can be difficult for the patient and their
This would be an inevitable next step if society first accepts assisted suicide as a legitimate legal option. Conclusion The question of PAS continues to challenge society; ethical, moral, legal, and medical controversies surround an emotionally charged issue. The traditional Western medicine focuses on diagnosis, treatment, and recovery; terminal illness does not neatly fit into this matter. Works Cited Marilyn Golden - CDA Executive Committee, Why Assisted Suicide Must Not Be Legalized Ziegler SJ; Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 2009 Summer; 37 (2): 318-30 (journal