Supporting a Patient Facing an Ethical Dilemma

In terms of intervention and spiritual care, how do you support a patient facing an ethical dilemma, with consideration for their worldview? If you were that patient, what care would you want provided?

Initial discussion question posts should be a minimum of 200 words and include at least two references cited using APA format. Responses to peers or faculty should be 100-150 words and include one reference. Refer to the “Discussion Question Rubric” and “Participation Rubric,” located in Class Resources, to understand the expectations for initial discussion question posts and participation posts, respectively.

Supporting a patient facing an ethical dilemma

Supporting a patient facing an ethical dilemma while considering their worldview requires a multifaceted approach that integrates both intervention and spiritual care. Firstly, it’s essential to engage in active listening and empathetic communication to understand the patient’s values, beliefs, and cultural background. This establishes a foundation of trust and respect, allowing the patient to feel heard and validated.

Intervention strategies may include providing education about the ethical principles involved in the dilemma, exploring the potential consequences of different courses of action, and facilitating discussions with the healthcare team and the patient’s support network. This collaborative approach empowers the patient to make informed decisions aligned with their values.

Spiritual care plays a crucial role in supporting the patient’s inner strength and resilience during challenging times. This can involve offering opportunities for prayer, meditation, or connecting with religious or spiritual leaders according to the patient’s preferences. Providing emotional support and fostering a sense of hope and meaning can also be integral components of spiritual care.

As a patient facing an ethical dilemma, I would want care that respects my autonomy, honors my values and beliefs, and supports me in navigating complex decisions. I would appreciate healthcare professionals who demonstrate compassion, empathy, and cultural competence, and who actively involve me in the decision-making process. Access to spiritual support that aligns with my worldview would also be invaluable in finding solace and guidance during such a challenging time.


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  2. Shawahna, R., & Khresheh, R. (2015). Factors affecting provision of care to patients in ethical dilemmas by emergency health care providers in Palestine: A qualitative inquiry. BMC Medical Ethics, 16(1), 89.
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