Force Feeding Case Study Paper

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Thomas, John, Wilfred Waluchow, and Elizabeth Gedge, eds. "Case 3.3 Discontinuing Force
Feeding of an Anorexia Nervosa Patient. "Well and Good -Fourth Edition: A Case Study Approach to Health Care Ethics. 4th ed. New York: Broadway, 2014. 131-135. Print.
This is a case study of a patient who suffers from anorexia nervosa and has been force fed for 4 years in order to keep her alive. No improvements in her mental state have been made in this time, despite the many types of therapy have been employed during this time. She objects to the force feeding, but has been declared mentally incompetent, so she cannot refuse the treatment. It is evident by her behavior that she wishes to live, but rejects the food. If her treatment were to be discontinued,
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BBC News Education, 24 Aug. 2012. Web. 16 Nov. 2015. . This article describes a case of a patient who suffered from anorexia nervosa for 15 years. With 90% of her life spent at an in-patient care facility between the ages of 14 and 29 it was evident that her quality of life was not preserved in the treatment she had been receiving. The patient came to an agreement with her doctors to ingest 600 calories per day, however, it was determined that without more nutrition, the patient would die. The source is useful in that it holds the view that anorexia nervosa should be held equal to other medical conditions where the dignity of the patient is preserved. Like the previous article the patient was dubbed “highly intelligible”, yet she still refused to eat knowing that it was causing her harm. The source is useful in that the author, while remaining objective like the previous author, views anorexia nervosa in a different light. This could be due to the different stages of treatment between the patient as well as the differing cultural influences. This patient has not been force fed, and the author presents the options the patient has for treatment while the previous treatments have failed. On the other hand, the previous patient had been force fed for 4 years and the author presented the options for further treatment, as the mental state of the patient had not seen

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