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Shannon and Jake

An Application of Medical Ethics Principles



Co Authors:

Doug Knutson
Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
knutson.1@osu.edu

Doug M. Post
Family Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Doug.post@osumc.edu

Abstract:

This case was developed to teach first-year medical students the basics of medical ethics. It describes a situation in which a family physician is treating a teenage patient for a sexually transmitted disease. Based on information she gives him, he is concerned not only for her health and welfare, but also for the health and welfare of others. Students read the case and discuss the choices the doctor might make using the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Students then develop a rationale for the physician acting according to one of the ethical principles identified, and prepare a debate for the class supporting the rationale.

Objectives:
  • Discuss the choices that the doctor in the case could potentially make, using the ethical principles of autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice.
  • Develop a rationale for the physician acting according to one of the ethical principles identified, and prepare a debate for the class supporting the rationale.
  • Explore potential legal issues related to this case, and discuss the physician’s approach to these issues.
Keywords: Medical ethics; maleficence; non-maleficence; beneficence; autonomy; justice; ethical principles; sexually transmitted disease; STD
Topical Area: Ethics, Legal issues, Scientific argumentation, Social issues
Educational Level: Graduate, Professional (degree program), Continuing education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Dilemma/Decision; Debate
Language: English
Subject Headings: Medicine (General)   Public Health  
Date Posted: 01/06/06
Date Modified: N/A
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