It is difficult for a medical professional to physically see a patient 's pain unless the source is on the exterior of their bodies. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, “Some health personnel mistakenly believe that appearance, vital signs, and the ability to sleep correlate with the presence or absence of pain. Appearance, nonetheless, is a poor predictor of pain intensity, particularly in those with chronic pain.” Doctor’s and nurses alike must put aside their bias’, predisposed beliefs, along with judgements to treat a patient experiencing pain fairly. It is a medical professional 's duty to assess and treat each patient to their fullest ability in addition to prescribing the correct medication free from bias and stereotypes. If Medical professionals have difficulty in assessing pain along with fairly prescribing medication on a case-by-case basis, then there needs to be a movement in the medical world for better teaching on this
A practice commonly used in the medical field, “benevolent deception” is the act of physicians suppressing information about diagnoses in hopes of not causing patients emotional turmoil (Skloot 63). Benevolent deception is a contentious subject because when used, the bioethical principles of respect for autonomy and beneficence can conflict with each other. Respect for autonomy is when physicians acknowledge their patients’ abilities to make voluntary decisions on their own regarding their health care (McCormick 4). Meanwhile, beneficence is the duty of doctors to be of a benefit to patients, while also taking measures to prevent and remove harm from them (McCormick 5). When giving patients diagnoses, physicians need to follow these doctrines by creating a balance between telling the truth and providing hope, which is why some may mistakenly turn to benevolent deception as the answer.
Such patients can be uncooperative, and their capacity to comprehend data may be impeded by medicinal pathology or intoxicants. The outcomes of a choice to reject emergency consideration may be not kidding and lasting. The numerous contending requests of an occupied Emergency treatment now and then make it troublesome for doctors to appropriately survey such patients before they are permitted to leave. A patient with sufficient choice making limit has the moral and legitimate right to decline medicinal consideration. This refusal can be communicated by the patient, the substitute, or through a development
Austin Eby Medical Ethics Andrew Erickson March 19, 2015 Medical Paternalism Alan Goldman argues that medical paternalism is unjustified except in very rare cases. He states that disregarding patient autonomy, forcing patients to undergo procedures, and withholding important information regarding diagnoses and medical procedures is morally wrong. Goldman argues that it is more important to allow patients to have the ability to make autonomous decisions with their health and what treatment options if any they want to pursue. He argues that medical professionals must respect patient autonomy regardless of the results that may or may not be beneficial to a patient’s health. I will both offer an objection and support Goldman’s argument.
The main goal is to focus on helping or healing the body as a whole and focusing on curing or helping a specific part or element of the body. Conventional medicine is more specific, precise oriented form of healing. Conventional medicine sees sickness, pain, or abnormality as an independent factor or cause.... ... middle of paper ... ...ry’s to use a one size fits all method. Most of the time individuals who use this form of medication intention are not to identify or treat the disease but to correct the disharmony between the body and environment. Alternative and conventional medicine both intend to help a patient with their affliction but approach the situation in such different ways.
What is important to know as a nurse or health care provider is that pain is what the patient says it is. It is not the nurse or provider’s place to determine what the patient’s pain is but rather take an in-depth history and assessment. Using this assessment and history can therefore help treat your patient’s pain accordingly. Also pain theories have been proposed and used the implications of nursing practice in regard to pain. Conclusions.
Nurse practitioner should be able to recognize these descriptors and take them as potential indicators of pain and clarify with further questioning. According to Horgas & Miller (2008), older adults with cognitive or physical limitations, have difficulty expressing details about their pain. These include pain location, duration, onset, type, precipitating factors, and relieving factors of pain. Pain is a subjective experience without valid and reliable objective tests to measure it. The existence and intensity of pain are measured by patient self-report.
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However, pain which is now considered a part of the vital signs is based on the patients’ philosophy or view point and we (nurses) are told not to ignore but respond. This is highly subjective. It’s viewed how the patient sees it and not as tangible or measurable as the other ways of proving when something is abnormal. The situation to be presented will disclose a patient’s ordeal due to a nurse’s approach to or understanding of pain management. It will also assess whether the nurse responded in accordance to protocol.