Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues Essay

3448 Words May 16th, 2013 14 Pages
Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues

Ethical Dilemma

Within healthcare, practitioners often have to make difficult decisions regarding the care of their patients. This could be to do with giving or withdrawing treatment, or as simple as sharing risk information (Glover, 1997). Ultimately, the practitioner must be able to rationalise any decision they have made (Morrison, 2009). With this in mind, the following assignment will draw upon an ethical dilemma and explore how theoretical perspectives can be utilised within the decision making process. Therefore it will also be pertinent to draw upon the law, and how this influences actions within health care. To facilitate this discussion, I will identify a scenario from practice that
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Though this is a simplistic explanation, the essence of Aristotle's perspective appears somewhat idealistic and archaic. Though, it makes basic sense to assume that if one aims to be a 'good' person, they are likely to make decisions that they intend only to do 'good'. One could assume that health care practitioners would or should have a virtuous character, being in a care-giving role (Morrison, 2009). Though in reality, this is not always the case, and, religious or cultural differences could also cause huge variations in outcomes (Jonsen et al, 1992). In the case of Mary, it can be appreciated that the practitioners involved feel they need to protect her from potential harm. However, we must consider that patients with a psychotic illness typically experience either delusional beliefs or hallucinations, or both, and therefore at times the content of their conversation is likely to be removed from reality (Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2011). With this in mind, it should not be assumed that what Mary had disclosed had any more truth than somebody who might have said they were being monitored by aliens, especially since she herself stated that it was false. This theory goes some way towards explaining how a decision may be deemed ethical if a practitioner believes it is the right thing to do, and

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