Resolving Ethical Problems in Long-Term Care
Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 1996 Jan; 22(1): 20-26.
1. End of life ethical decision-making is complex and involves many key players, each with their individual roles, responsibilities, and ethical concepts. 2. Each long-term care ethical decision which presents itself involves alternatives and choices. These must be thoughtfully evaluated to reach the best decision possible. 3. Those involved in ethical decision-making are influenced by various ethical theories as well as factors including control, legal issues, failure, coercion, obligation, advocacy, autonomy, respect, and cost. 4. Ethics committees can play a valuable role in assisting patients, families and staff through the decision-making process by providing guidelines based on ethical principles and compatible with facility mission and philosophy.
Administrators; Allowing to Die; Alternatives; Artificial Feeding; Autonomy; Case Studies; Clinical Ethics; Clinical Ethics Committees; Coercion; Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Dissent; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Family Members; Futility; Guidelines; Guardians; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Life; Long-Term Care; Nurse's Role; Nursing Homes; Patient Advocacy; Patient Transfer; Patients; Philosophy; Physician Nurse Relationship; Physicians; Responsibilities; Terminal Care; Terminally Ill; Third Party Consent; Treatment Refusal; Withholding Treatment;
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