Health Care Ethics: Questions And Answers

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Vince Bautista
RPTH 400

RPTH 400 Final

1. Should I take a gift from a patient?
No, I don’t think you should ever accept a gift from a patient. Consequence oriented comes to play in this situation. I’d be grateful for the gesture knowing that the care I’m giving is appreciated, but that’s how I do my job for all patients. I wouldn’t want patients to think that if I received a gift, that it would change the way I go about doing my job for better or worse. I would like them to know that I treat all my patients the same regardless of their affliction. Beneficence is an ethical principle that also applies in this situation. According to the Health Care Ethics pdf, “To act in a beneficent manner indicates that one will act to “do good” for another.
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Duty oriented ethics apply to this scenario. Duty oriented states that the actions we take are based on the rule or rules of our job. It would not be in my job’s rules to have a conflict of interest when referring a patient to a home care company that I own a portion of. While you may have the patient’s best interest in mind, there is still the fact that you are possibly profiting from the patient going to your company. Fidelity would also be applicable to this scenario. With fidelity we would need to show loyalty to the patient. By having a stake in the company that the patient was just referred to can be seen a contradiction to loyalty.

3. Should an RCP criticize a physician if he/she will not change a drug order that is clearly in the best interest of the patient?
Yes, but in a professional manner. Duty and virtue oriented ethics can be applied in this scenario. I’d applied duty for the simple fact that we are doing our jobs based on the rules. Virtue on the other hand reflects the RCP’s character and morality. While the RCP needs to perform his/her duties based on the rules in duty-oriented ethics, we also need to keep in mind the virtue aspect. The physician may be correct, but if there’s more benefit to the patient if the drug order is changed, as RCPs we need to ensure that we campaign for the patient’s best interest.

4. What is the RCP’s duty if another RCP makes an error?
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If the RCP cannot undo or fix their error, I would then report the error to a supervisor. I chose duty to apply to this scenario, due to the fact that my actions would be based on the rules of the job. Nonmaleficence principle applies since we’re trying to “avoid harm.” Fidelity would also apply since we have an “obligation” to the patient. Depending on the seriousness of the error, not taking the proper steps can affect not only the RCP who made the error, but your own license as

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