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Treating Ed

A Medical Ethics Case Study


Author(s)

Eric Ribbens
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
E-Ribbens@wiu.edu

Abstract

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.


Objectives

  • 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.

Keywords

Medical 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 Areas

Ethics, Legal issues

Educational Level

Undergraduate upper division, Professional (degree program), General public & informal education, Continuing education

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Dilemma/Decision, Discussion, Role-Play

Language

English

Subject Headings

Medicine (General)  |   Biology (General)  |   Nursing  |  


Date Posted

02/05/08

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