Case Study – Abortion Rights and/or Wrongs
Kate, an emancipated 17-year-old woman, is unmarried and 8 weeks pregnant. She wants to terminate the pregnancy. The hospital where she has always received medical care is part of a faith-based health care system that rejects elective abortion.
Case Study – A Sister for Joshua
Is this new child a vehicle to provide a bone marrow transplant for their potential sibling who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia? Under what conditions might this case be the subject of an ethics consult?
Case Study – A Family Divided
A forty-five-year-old man with a three-year history of cardiovascular disease has entered the hospital with a stroke that has paralyzed his right side and caused him to aspirate food of any consistency. His mental status is clouded and there is disagreement as to whether he has decisional capacity.
Case Study – Walking The Tightrope
Is this 85-year-old patient “a complainer” or is she in pain?
Case Study – The Role of Literacy in Making Wishes Known
Where is Will Rogers when we need him most?
Toward a traditional morality in biomedical ethics.
The Case of Autonomy
Challenging patient discharges are common events with strong ethical implications.
The Case of Language Matters
Problems are encountered in patient care when the language that some providers use with patients and family is inconsistent with that used by others.
The Case of Isolation
The implications of isolation depend upon context. Is being alone sufficient to keep a patient in the hospital?
The Case of Surrogate Decision Making
How do you access a patient’s medical preference when the patient is unable to express himself even when assisted?
The Case of Firing Patients
At what point does a patient’s nonadherence to medical recommendations impact the provider/patient relationship so much that a beneficial relationship is not possible?