Ethics in Healthcare Communications

1950 Words Jan 28th, 2018 8 Pages
It is nearly impossible to make once choice without sacrificing another. Examples of such dilemmas in healthcare may include decisions such as prolonging life for a terminal ill patient through artificial means or saving a mother via a risky surgery that may jeopardize the life of an unborn child. Healthcare practitioners must always exercise caution when ethical issues arise and find a way to balance societal norms, personal philosophies and values and religious beliefs (Arnold & Boggs, 2007). Personal ethics may guide reactions and initial choices, but the needs and rights of the patient should always serve as guideposts for ethical communication and behavior in administering healthcare services (Reiter-Theil, 2012). This paper explores a hypothetical but common occurrence in health care today: the ethical challenge of patient care when it contradicts their personal religious beliefs. Specifically, this paper examines the dilemma of a Jehovah's Witness' need for a potentially life-saving blood transfusion, but refusal to accept one due to moral and religious convictions. While the goal of health care is to promote health and preserve life, the patient's religious beliefs and practices are to always be respected. This can make the job of the healthcare practitioner challenging. We examine such a scenario and also the…
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