La Jolla National University Principles of Ethics Discussion

1) Principles of ethics:  The ethics of the health care professional: Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, Justice, Fidelity versus Patient Autonomy 

Patient autonomy is often used to support the concept that a patient has the right to decide what medical interventions would be allowed to be performed on them.

Discuss the following considerations:

1.Who gets to decide what is most beneficial for the patient and why?

2. When the patient’s choice is in contradiction to the health care professional’s decision, whose decision should be followed?

3. What are the considerations in the case of “end of life” situations like being kept alive in a vegetative state because technology can do so?

4. Discuss the ethical principles that support the positions you discuss.