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Ethical Decision Maker- verses-Legal Decision Maker
Mary Pat Laws
Wilmington University

I'm starting to write a research paper, I'm not sure my introduction is correct, I need some guidence. It's been many years since I wrote a research paper. ABSTRACT

Ethical decision-making is required when a Healthcare Organizations must address a conflict or doubt regarding competing values, such as personal, organizational, professional and social values. When involved in a decision making process it is important for all concerned to considered ethical principles including justice, autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and fidelity. Also included, should be professional and organizational ethical standards and codes of the organization involved. Over the years, many factors have contributed to the growing concern in healthcare organization over ethical issues. Such factors include, advances in medical technology that complicate decision making near the end of life, and lack of legal documentation acknowledging a patient’s choice, such as a Power of Attorney and Living Will. Numerous landmark cases throughout the past years have had a significant influence on the development of healthcare ethics as a field. Many of the cases, some well known, illustrate important questions, concepts and issues that arise in healthcare ethics. Numerous Healthcare organizations have mechanisms that include ethics committees, ethical consultation services, written policies, and procedures and guidelines to assist them with the ethical decision making process. Should an ethical dilemma arise with a patient, a family or a caregiver, these mechanisms could help an organization to thoughtfully and appropriately come to a resolution. Ethical issues will continue to challenge the healthcare profession in response the ever expanding advances of scientific knowledge. With the advances in technology prolonging lives, lack of legal documentation acknowledging patients’...
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