Conducting Moral and Ethical Dialog in Clinical Practice

Subject: Medical Ethics
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Health care, in general, is a complicated field that involves making informed decisions, choices, and options on how to handle situations when faced by them, whether individually or when with the clients and their families. Nurses worldwide experience many ethical challenges when offering patient care, and in many cases, they do not feel comfortable addressing these issues. Thus, one can argue and analyze how ethics affect the performance of health care practitioners and patient outcomes.

When it comes to health care, some scenarios are more difficult to handle than others. Most of these situations arise due to the language barrier, which is a significant issue. Most studies are conducted in English, but not all patients are English speakers (De Panfilis et al., 2019). This creates a misunderstanding between the patient and the medical practitioner and may lead to a wrong diagnosis. Another difficult setting is an uncooperative behavior, whereby the patient does not cooperate by remaining silent. These states are difficult when there is an emergency involved, and the patient needs immediate attention.

Some responses the patients gave the practitioner were reasonable from a certain angle. Other patients opt to remain silent as a defense mechanism against legally convicting themselves on how they got the injury. Such a response is reasonable since the patient may be an immigrant without the required documents. After the answers are received from the patients, as a professional, one should set boundaries between them and the patient while handling a dangerous situation (Sherman, 2019). Correspondingly, one should acknowledge the situation by saying, ‘I understand why you are upset’, and after this, the most significant aspect is to remain calm. Because of my anger issues, I had to let another practitioner handle the condition since I was already furious. Physicians should be encouraged to observe moral and ethical attributes only when necessary.


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De Panfilis, L., Di Leo, S., Peruselli, C., Ghirotto, L., & Tanzi, S. (2019). “I go into crisis when …”: Ethics of care and moral dilemmas in palliative care. BMC Palliative Care, 18(1-8).