The Importance Of Ethical Dilemmas In Health Care

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A 10-year-old patient was diagnosed with a life threatening cancer. The patient was treated rigorously for one year. After 1 year, the patient was admitted to receive scans to see how well the chemotherapy was treating the cancer. The doctor pulled the mother aside and discussed with her the results from the scan. The doctor told the mother, the chemotherapy was not attacking the cancer cells and the cancer was spreading and growing. The patient had about two more weeks of life. The mother decided to opt out of treatment and take the child home to spend the remaining days. When the mother walked in the room, the patient asked what the doctor had said. The mother replied, “We are going home, you are cancer free!” The patient was ecstatic. As…show more content…
“Truthfulness means speaking or acting without intending to deceive” (Manicat, et al, 2010). Truthfulness is to provide enough information to ensure the client is informed. Omissions are as untruthful as false information (Manicat, et al 2010). Ethical dilemmas are troublesome situations likely to result in conflict. Decision-making in ethical dilemmas is based upon recognition of the values that underlie the beliefs and attitudes, and determine the moral behavior (Zydziunaite & Suominen, 2014). Helping people in related to health and illness is a moral activity that is aimed at doing what is good and beneficial and staying away from what is bad and harmful. (Kuppelomaki & Lauri, 1998, p. 1) Moral distress arises when one knows what to do, but institutional constraints make it near impossible to pursue the right course of action (Manicat, et al,…show more content…
Ayyub, 2015, author of the article “An Ethical Challenge for Health Care Professionals to Answer the Patient Question: Am I dying?” states that disclosing truth to the patients is one of the most challenging ethical dilemmas faced by health care professional around the globe. The problem becomes more complex when the family refuses to disclose the prognosis with the patient, especially when the patient is a child. The definite issue is whether the nurse should respect the families’ wishes and not tell the terminally ill child, or abide by the Code of Ethics for Nurses. The nursing code of ethics is directed toward “ promoting, advocating for, and striving to protect the health, safety, and the rights of the patient”(Punjani, 2013). Withholding the truth from a young patient could seriously threaten the trusting relationship, and the patient could receive the information elsewhere. When disclosing pertinent information with the patient, it is important to note how the patient will handle the prognosis. Not one patient is the same, and it is essential to speak to each patient in a way they can fully understand the situation. Many parents do not want to tell their children of their prognosis, because they believe their child will give up hope. They want the child’s last days to be meaningful and eventful for them and the whole family. If the patient is capable of making his own decision

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