Running head: LEGAL ETHICS, PATIENTS’ RIGHTS, AND HIV / AIDS Legal Ethics, Patients’ Rights, and HIV / AIDS Student’s Name University Affiliation
LEGAL ETHICS, PATIENTS’ RIGHTS, AND HIV / AIDS Introduction Healthcare professionals often practice in a complex environment that requires taking several precautions while providing healthcare services. As a result, the healthcare environment has various set of laws, regulations, and standards of practice. The aim of this laws and regulations is to ensure that physicians oblige to ethical conduct in their profession. The education and license offered to the healthcare personnel provide a framework of nursing standard that is expected from them. They should ensure that the patients’ rights are adhered to during service provision. A nurse is exposed to litigation if practice falls below the set care and competence standards. Litigation basis relates to negligence, malpractice, failure to provide reasonable services that a sensible physician would under similar circumstances and failure to address the rights of patients in service provision. The paper will devise a plan that investigates claims of denial by HIV/AIDS patients and analyzing a primary ways of upholding ethical conduct in healthcare. In developing countries, approximately six million people live with HIV/AIDS and are in dire need of appropriate healthcare services. However, only 10% have access to suitable services such as having access to antiretroviral therapy (Gable & Global HIV/AIDS Program, 2007). The majority live in agony due to the unethical treatment that they receive regarding their status. Intermittent complaints surface from patients concerning the nature of services that they are offered. They are despised, and no form of empathy is shown towards them. Clear policies ought to be established by decision makers on prioritizing these patients to avoid discrimination during service provision. Special care needs to be provided to ensure that these patients are not marginalized and access the best possible healthcare services.
LEGAL ETHICS, PATIENTS’ RIGHTS, AND HIV / AIDS Investigating validity of patients’ claims of service denial Mechanisms to address service denial claims Ensuring confidentiality . Medical information in the United States is regarded as confidential. As a result, it is hence protected by the law. HIV/AIDS is an intricate scenario to deal with, especially given that the information that is related to it is very sensitive. At the USA community hospital, information regarding the HIV status of a particular individual should be kept confidential as a way of respecting the rights of the patient. By releasing the information, it can cause significant damage to the affected patient. The patient has the right to specify the exact information and to whom it can be released. Nevertheless, if there is an imminent risk to a third party, there may needs to break confidentiality from the healthcare professional to prevent harm.
- Spring '16
- professor Ogudo
- Health care provider