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Ethical Decisions in Health Care1Ethical Decisions in Health CareAlexis AnthonyOctober 22, 2020Grand Canyon University: HCA-305Dr. FarindeEthical Decisions in Health CareThe challenges of ethical dilemmas are faced everyday by health care professionals.When a decision that prevents a suggested treatment selection results in making a decisionbetween equally unacceptable treatment options, health care professionals are faced with anethical dilemma (Ong, Yee, Lee, 2012). In order to be successful and uphold a good reputationfor self and facility, health care professionals must be able to address ethical dilemmas within thehealthcare industry. In the provided scenario, a child is rushed to the hospital and diagnosed withmeningitis. The suggested treatment option goes against the parents Christian Scientists' beliefs.They do not give consent for treatment, however, the physician initiates treatment anyways. Theparents of the child end up suing the physician and facility. This paper will discuss the ethicaldilemma, how Kidder’s ethical decision-making model will help the situation, the perspectives ofeach person involved, the conflicting values, and the solution to this issue.Ethical DilemmaWithin this scenario there are two clear ethical dilemmas. The first one is the fact that thesuggested treatment options do not align with the Christian Scientist beliefs of the child's parents.The second dilemma is the fact that the physician provided the suggested treatment plan in sakeof the child's health, but despite the parent's refusal to give consent. The parents of the child andthe assigned physician have opposing views on the treatment of the patient. This is even moreconflicting because it is essential that the child receives immediate medical attention. In order tohave the most positive outcome from this situation, the Kidder's ethical decision-making modelmust be utilized. The Kidder's model for ethical decision-making is essential when dealing withan ethical dilemma. Nine key aspects are what composed the Kidder's model (Cali, 1997). The
Ethical Decisions in Health Care2first key aspect of the model is identifying the context of the situation, identifying the details ofthe situation, and identifying the facts surrounding the situation. This first key aspect enables allparties involved to evaluate the situation using critical thinking and considering all perspectives.In order to make an ethical decision, it is important to understand all of the influencing factorsand this first aspect helps to do so. The second key aspect is addressing who is faced with thedilemma, addressing all parties involved, and addressing the responsible party.The third keyaspect is distinguishing the assumptions and opinions from the facts surrounding the situation.

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