Paternalism In Health Care Essay

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Health professionals are constantly working on improvements because of ethical concerns that they face in their everyday lives. The relationship between a physician and a patient is often seen as a relationship with no errors or ethical concerns but that is not the case. There are constant adjustments that are made to ensure everyone is accounted for and treated in a humane manner. Although the health system focuses on accommodating for everyone, there are many times that adolescents suffer due to their inability to make their own decisions in a health setting. Adolescents do not have the ability to make their own decisions towards their health without parental or guardian consents and many times they also base their final decision on the bias …show more content…

It is important to realize that promoting adolescent autonomy at an early age allows adolescents to practice self-care and be well informed about medical procedures (Beacham & Deatrick, 2013). In order to prevent these issues from intervening with adolescents to make autonomous decisions there should be laws that are enforced without exceptions; exceptions leave a large margin for error. Parents and health care professionals are unethically practicing paternalism and not allowing adolescents to practice autonomy due to conformity, religion, and personal interest.
There are many reasons that an adolescent’s decision can be manipulated when they are giving their input in a health-care setting. One of the reasons that can prevent an adolescent from fully expressing what they ultimately want when making a decision towards their health is because they conform to their parent or guardian. There can be circumstances where an adolescent does not fully express themselves because of their family’s religion. When it comes to religion and medicine things can get really difficult. Some adolescents are taught by religious parents that healing is done by Christ not by concurrent …show more content…

Health professionals have the right to object to making any procedure they are not comfortable doing; this is called conscientious objection. Conscientious objects can prevent the patient and/or parents from being completely informed. There have been cases where conscientious objections have been violated because of self-serving motives, this can prevent adolescents from making autonomous decisions. Some of the self-serving motives include discrimination, moral beliefs, etc (Güvercin & Arda, 2013). Health- care professionals have a moral obligation to inform their patients of all medical procedural options or alternative even if they are personally making a conscientious object to them (------). The main issue here is that professionals are morally being held accountable for it but not legally; situations like this can cause uprising issues because it can affect decisions on what is best for the patient at the time. The best solution for this problem would be for the professionals to educate their patients all all possible health procedures and to let them know that if they cannot take care of it someone else in the field will. Also, educating patients on what the medical procedures would entail would also be beneficial for example at they might be going though, recovery time, or even how

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