Explain your understanding of the bioethical dilemma that exists

Write health care recommendations from different perspectives and ethical points of view. Each recommendation should be 2–3 pages in length, creating a final product of 4 pages.
More than one resolution to a bioethical issue can be found through the application of ethical reasoning. In this assessment, ethical analysis of a dilemma in health care results in different outcomes depending on the theory applied and the perspective of the actor involved.
Most of us will encounter bioethics primarily in our personal experience with health care. We tend to think of medical practice as biologically formulaic and even mechanical—diagnose and prescribe. Practitioners and patients know that this understanding is far too simplistic. Not only is human experience varied and complex, the human body is as well, so the diagnose-and-prescribe model of medical practice is increasingly problematic. Without ethics, health care can become perfunctory and even dangerous.
Questions to Consider
To deepen your understanding, you are encouraged to consider the questions below and discuss them with a fellow learner, a work associate, an interested friend, or a member of your professional community.
Suggested Resources
The following optional resources are provided to support you in completing the assessment or to provide a helpful context. For additional resources, refer to the Research Resources and Supplemental Resources in the left navigation menu of your courseroom.
Click the links provided below to view the following multimedia pieces:
Four Ethical Theories| Transcript.
Ethical Theories| Transcript.
Three Ethical Traditions| Transcript.
Library Resources
The following e-books or articles from the University Library are linked directly in this course:
Brockopp, J. E. (2008). Islam and bioethics: Beyond abortion and euthanasia. Journal of Religious Ethics, 36(1), 3–12.
Dhand, A. (2002). The dharma of ethics, the ethics of dharma. Journal of Religious Ethics, 30(3), 347.
Pellegrino, E. D., &Prograis, L. J. (Eds.). (2007). African American bioethics: Culture, race, and identity. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
Ravitsky, V., Fiester, A., & Caplan, A. L. (Eds.). (2009). The Penn Center guide to bioethics. New York, NY: Springer Pub.
Course Library Guide
The University library guide has been created specifically for your use in this course. You are encouraged to refer to the resources in the PHI-FP2051 – Bioethics and Society Library Guide to help direct your research.
Internet Resources
Access the following resources by clicking the links provided. Please note that URLs change frequently. Permissions for the following links have been either granted or deemed appropriate for educational use at the time of course publication.
Center for Practical Bioethics. (n.d.). Case studies. Retrieved from http://www.practicalbioethics.org/resources/case-studies
Gyekye, K. (2010). African ethics. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy(Fall 2011 Edition). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2011/entries/african-ethics/
Tong, R., & Williams, N. (2009). Feminist ethics. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy(Fall 2014 Edition). Retrieved from http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2014/entries/feminism-ethics/
Santa Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. (n.d.). Ethics cases. Retrieved from http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/cases.cfm
Bookstore Resources
The resources listed below are relevant to the topics and assessments in this course and are not required.
Campbell, A. V. (2013). Bioethics: The basics. New York, NY: Routledge.
Assessment Instructions
A university professor had a long and distinguished career. In both private and public conversations and writings, he made it clear that he believed, with Socrates, that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Accordingly, he made a living will directing that if his mental powers declined to the point of irrationality, no lifesaving treatment should be provided to prolong his life. Eventually, dementia set in, and he became ill with a lung infection that would be terminal if untreated.
In a dispute over the enforcement of the professor’s living will, his family and hospital officials squared off. For this assessment, assume each of these roles and write a recommendation for the professor’s care from each perspective.
The library, the suggested resources, and valid Internet resources to research deontological and consequentialist ethical approaches and the concept of a living will.
Acting as if you are the professor’s family, write a 2–3-page recommendation including the following:
Explain your understanding of the bioethical dilemma that exists.
Explain (briefly) the nature of deontological ethics using one or more philosophers.
Apply deontological ethics to this case to reach a decision about the professor’s care.
Construct arguments in favor of the family decision.
Anticipate counterarguments to this conclusion which you answer from a deontological position.
Explain your understanding of the bioethical dilemma that exists.
Explain (briefly) the nature of consequentialist ethics using one or more philosophers.
Demonstrate how issues in consequentialist ethics apply to this case.
State the decision that the hospital administrator has made using consequentialist ethics.
Anticipate counterarguments to the conclusion which you answer from a consequentialist position.
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