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Ethics In Geriatric and Chronic Illness


an attitude and motivation for action that emphasizes cure over care in health care professionals‟ relationships with patients of all ages.

and that all time and energy left must be devoted to ferreting out and killing the disease. keeping the patient‟s life suspended by continual reminders that death is just around the corner. demeaning and undermining efforts at selfdetermination and self-care c. . a. giving useless treatment to keep the patient under medical care b.Nurse Beverly Hall (2003) -sited three examples of medicalization based on her own treatment of breast cancer.

  Valuing the need to strive toward equilibrium and homeostasis is wrong. Believed that his inner tension is a prerequisite for mental health. .Vikor Frankl (1984)  Maintained that “man‟s search for the meaning is the primary motivation in his life.  Humans embark on the search for the meaning in order to alleviate and understand and to move toward to wellbeing.

.Accepting that equilibrium is not necessarily always the healthiest state supports the belief that suffering should not be attacked as if it is something to eliminate at all costs.

Rather. . well-being often involves the relief of suffering through the acceptance of suffering.

George Elliot -captured the philosophy with the word meliorism. Meliorism (negative concept) an ethic of action oriented to toward the relief. it causes doctors and nurses to work toward curing the disease and relieving suffering at all cost. . pain and suffering. not the acceptance.

the goal of the nurse would be to help facilitate the patients‟s acceptance of the pain and suffering that cannot be changed .Transforming acceptance. In these instances.

Chronic Illness Erlen (2002) three fundamental concerns related to ethics and chronically ill persons. . Lack of control Suffering Access to services Patients with chronic illnesses frequently feel as if their illness are controlling them rather than feeling that they are in control of their own lives.

unrelieved pain 2. . Disparities between the consequences of extending life and the quality of life that results from the ability to extend it. 1991) Patient suffering is often related to 1. (Cassell. stigma of chronic illness 3.Suffering the state of severe distress associated with events that threaten the intactness of the person.

and caregivers disagree with the elder’s decision. If it is believed that an elder is incapacitated. . Caregiver must consider the real and perceived mental incapacities of elders and question the safety of their living situation. an issue of elder autonmy versus caregiver beneficence may occur.Assessing the Capacity to Remain at Home Determinations become particularly difficult when frail elders adamantly want to remain in or return to their homes.

Nonautonomous actions are actions that are based on rational decision making .Beauchamp and Childress (2001) Weak or soft paternalism involves an intervention by a caregiver based on the principles of beneficence or nonmaleficence that is enacted “to protect persons against their own substantially nonautonomous actions.

Ethic of dignity focus is on the moral character of care givers rather than on the autonomy of the recipients of care. as opposed to an ethic of autonomy.Long-Term Care Pullman (1998) Proposed that an ethic of dignity. be used in longterm care. .

Divides dignity into: Basic dignity .the degree of paternalistic intervention justified or required. . Rule of justified paternalism . is inversely proportional to the degree of autonomy present.evaluative type of dignity decided on by communities but which does not have to be solely tied to autonomy.the dignity inherent in all humans Personal dignity .

Financial exploitation 4. both physical and psychological 3. Abuse.Elder abuse Elder abuse includes 1. Neglect 2. Neglect by self or caregiver .

Nurses must take an active role in recognizing the abuse of elders and knowing state statues regarding the handling of elder abuse. .

Guideline for meeting moral responsibility in reporting abuse Report to: Adult protective services Long term care ombudsman (usually when an agency or health care provider is involved) State licensing board (when health care provider is involved) Law enforcement (if required under statute) When: Written or verbal report within 24 hours of incident .

Age-Based Distribution of Health Care There has been substantial debate among bioethicist and philosophers about the need for a societal plan to fairly distribute health care resources among different generations. It is often vulnerable populations such as the very young (neonates) and the very old who are the focus of discussions regarding discussion regarding distribution of healthcare resources .

Social justice in distributing health care goods according to age has been described as a type of rationing. 1992) based on scarcity of resources and is usually thought of as a temporary situation. (Moody. Rationing-a term that fits into discussions related to crisis situations. . -the term rationing does not accurately define a method that is appropriate to use in making most decisions regarding the distribution of health care resources.

that is. or as a „task to be performed‟. . the „patient‟ is perceived and responded to as a unique human-being-not as an „illness‟. „a room number‟.Management of Care Travelbee (1971) described the human to human relationship as “mutually significant experience between a nurse and the recipient of care” “Each participant in the relationship perceives and responds to the human-ness of the other.

Healing (Capra.1982) a complex interplay among the physical. social. -Healing does not imply curing -it involves a realization that all things cannot be fixed . -suggests a moving toward wholeness that goes beyond a single human being -it is consistent with a belief in the interconnection of all beings and the universe. and environmental aspects of the human condition. psychological.

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