Conversations in Ethics: Ethical Concerns with the Critically Ill Disabled Patient
As more people with disabilities participate in settings from which they were once excluded, nondisabled folk have become more accustomed to both casual and commercial interactions with them. Yet many of these same people may question the healthcare needs of people with disabilities who are critically ill, including whether or not they should receive extraordinary levels of medical care in times of crisis. The subtext of this thinking may be, “Aren’t they better off dead?” Are the standards of care for people with disabilities different from those of the nondisabled? Whose quality of life is at stake in these cases?
Physicians, Psychologists, Podiatrists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Clergy, Pharmacist, Medical Students, and other interested healthcare professionals.
- Separate and distinguish the illness from the disability when treating a disabled patient.
- Effectively communicate with the critically ill disabled patient as a competent adult or emancipated minor by asking and following the patient's wishes rearding medical care prior to consulting with his/her companion(s).
- Discuss common misconceptions held by non-disabled people regarding quality-of-life experiences of people with disabilities.
Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D.
Professor of Moral Theology
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D. has indicated that she has no relevant financial relationships to disclose and that her discussion will not include mention of investigational or off-label usage.
- 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 2.00 Florida Board of Nursing
- 2.00 Nurse Practitioners
- 2.00 Florida Board of Occupational Therapy
- 2.00 Florida Board of Pharmacy
- 2.00 Florida Board of Podiatric Medicine
- 2.00 Florida Board of Psychology
- 2.00 Florida Board of Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors
- 2.00 General certificate of attendance
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