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Patient Ethics Essay

The purpose f this paper is to answer the following question- where does patient autonomy leave off and professional expertise begin in the practice of medicine? Also, a brief personal analysis about the differences between doctors encouraging patients to question their judgment and doctors who believe that such deference is “pandering.”
There are many ethical dilemmas in the medical field, especially when it is related to patient’s autonomy; an example to this is euthanasia. Many patients prefer to go over this procedure before continuing suffering from a terminal illness. However, many people to this day believe that this is an unethical practice to perform.
Anyhow, this particular topic reminded me of the Tuskegee experiments performed
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An example to this would be a patient arriving to the emergency department, unconscious, and without identification. Furthermore, this patient needs immediate surgery in order to save his/her life, what to do? This is the perfect scenario to depict when professional expertise begins. The physician’s morality/autonomy kicks in, and makes the decision for this particular patient to save his/her life by performing surgery. Otherwise, if the patient was alert and declined surgery, there was the end of it, as it is against the law to force a patient to take medications or accept treatments. However, patients who suffer from mental illness do not have much autonomy to decide for their treatments. In cases like this, the physicians and nurses take charge over the…show more content…
Especially after the many years that these people have to attend school. Therefore, I think that this might be one of the reasons for physicians to feel frustrated about situations like this, as they are trained to have the necessary confidence to make the “right” decisions/diagnosis/recommendations. In my opinion, I think that their autonomy as a physician is being neglected. However, times have change and there is no way a physician is going to force a cancer patient to go through chemotherapy if the patient refuses to do so; there is always a consent to sign. This is why I previously mention that many ethical dilemmas currently exist in the medical field. Not to mention that some nurses want to become physicians as well (nurse practitioners), but unfortunately their education (in years and practice) does not compare to the physicians; therefore, this can also lead to encouraging patients to question health care provider’s
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