Module 9: Law and Ethics Associated With Care at the End of Life
Ethical and legal issues for the clinician often arise:
(a) when decisions to limit treatment have the potential to affect the manner and timing of death,
(b) when treatment decisions will deliberately hasten death, and
(c) when the potential for boundary crossings or multiple relationships exists.
There is a variety of types of law that may impact end-of-life care: federal, state, and local. Mental health professionals must take into account federal and state case law and federal and state statutes when providing services. They also need to be aware of their biases and the biases of other health care professionals regarding “appropriate” decisions in various end-of-life situations. Given that there are a number of ways that cultural beliefs can affect end-of-life decision making, it is important to know how these biases may be affecting interactions with patients and loved ones. These biases may also come into play when cultural beliefs can affect end-of-life decision making.
- Describe at least three legal cases relevant to working clients near the end of life,
- Discus the role of federal and state statutes when working with dying clients and their loved ones,
- Use your profession’s code of ethics when making ethical decisions in end-of-life care,
- Describe at least three types of clinical situations involving end-of-life issues that have ethical and legal implications, and
- Describe the possible effects of culture on ethical analyses and decisions.
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