A Medical Ethics Case Study
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
Ed is dying. How should his wishes for medical treatment be carried out? As the case unfolds, students explore the rights and responsibilities of doctors, patients, and patient representatives regarding difficult medical decisions. Specifically, students consider the ramifications of Advance Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney. The case was written for an introductory biology course, but could easily be used in or modified for a human anatomy and physiology, introductory nursing, or medical ethics course.
- Consider the ramifications of advance directives and durable powers of attorney in making medical decisions.
- Explore what rights and responsibilities regarding durable powers of attorney and other advance directive paperwork doctors have, patients have, and people appointed as patient representatives have.
KeywordsMedical ethics; patient care; end-of-life decisions; advance directive; durable power of attorney; living will; healthcare proxy; Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996; HIPPA
Topical AreasEthics, Legal issues
Educational LevelUndergraduate upper division, Professional (degree program), General public & informal education, Continuing education
Type / MethodsDilemma/Decision, Discussion, Role-Play
Subject HeadingsMedicine (General) | Biology (General) | Nursing |