Ethical Conflicts in Caring for Patients With Cochlear Implants
McCormick, Thomas R
Otology & neurotology : official publication of the American Otological Society, American Neurotology Society [and] European Academy of Otology and Neurotology 2010 Oct; 31(8): 1184-9
Although the use of cochlear implants as a treatment designed to help deaf individuals hear has a relatively brief history, the use of this therapy has given rise to a number of ethical conflicts. This article identifies ethical conflicts in cochlear implantation therapy and shows how ethical principles that are commonly accepted in health care ethics may guide decision making in resolving these issues. Furthermore, clinicians are often confronted with particular cases in which ethical conflicts arise. A useful paradigm for the clinical context, the 4-box method, is offered as a means of organizing the facts of a "case" so that the important facts are considered, and a principled approach to decision making can be used in working toward a resolution.
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