Palliative Care Treatment
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Genre: General Awareness
Publication Year: 2013

Palliative care is one of the areas of medical sciences where there is a high probability of ethical dilemma because normally a palliative care user would be on course of a terminal disease and he would request for things which might be unethical and illegal for the professional to indulge in. In this essay case of a patient Mabel is discussed who is undergoing palliative care treatment for her cancer which has been diagnosed as a terminal stage cancer.

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INTRODUCTION

Ethical dilemma and legal implications of actions in nursing profession is not a new phenomenon. While working as a nursing professional there are many situations where nurses are in an ethical dilemma because they are not sure if they should take the routine course of action which is legally right and acceptable or they should go along with the request and desire of patient and their families which might not be legally correct or in congruence with the constitution of the country. Palliative care is one of the areas of medical sciences where there is a high probability of ethical dilemma because normally a palliative care user would be on course of a terminal disease and he would request for things which might be unethical and illegal for the professional to indulge in. In this essay case of a patient Mabel is discussed who is undergoing palliative care treatment for her cancer which has been diagnosed as a terminal stage cancer. Problem presented in the case study is with the ethical dilemma of the nursing professional who is taking care of the patient Kozier, (2004).

PROBLEM STATEMENT
Problem associated with the case study is regarding the nurse’s duty towards the patient and her family’s concern that correct information might have devastating impact on the patient. Patient is a minor in this case and she is undergoing palliative care treatment for terminal stage cancer. Patient is being provided with the medication and care in name of different disease or she has been told that these medications are for hr bowels. Patient’s family has expressed the wish that patient should not be informed about her medical condition and she is to be continued with the care in similar manner using fake diseases and multivitamins etc. nurse which is appointed for taking care of the patient in her end days is confused and in a dilemma because she doesn’t know if she should go with the desire of the family and keep the patient uninformed or she should go by the constitutional laws and legal obligations which makes it very clear that first right over the information associating with the medical condition of a patient is of patient only. Patient has all the rightful and legal entitlement to hear and understand her medical condition and then make an informed decision regarding her treatment. Now real problem is nurse doesn’t know which decision would be legally and ethically right in this scenario Dielekman, (2002, p. 236).

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