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?
The Case of Decisional Capacity
Respect for autonomy is impacted when a patient is determined to lack decisional capacity.
The Case of Informed Consent
Informed consent to medical treatment is fundamental in ethics. How does a surrogate give informed consent?
The Case of Defining Quality of Life
The term quality of life carries strong emotional aspects and deep meaning for different people.
The Case of Duty to Care in a Pandemic
Who receives access to care? Is there ever a situation in which a patient is no longer eligible to access care?
The Case of Quarantine Ethics
The ethical dimensions of scarce resources are always challenging, particularly now due to the outbreak of COVID-19.