Patient Rights

Patient Rights
Order Description
In your initial discussion post, address the questions associated with your assigned option. Include the option number in the subject/title line of your post. You must use at least two scholarly sources in your post. Respond to at least two classmates using the required response prompt for their option (e.g., if your initial post was Option 1, then respond to posts from Option 2 and 3 or if your initial post was Option 2, then respond to posts from Option 1 and 3). Your initial post should be at least 250 words.

Option 1: Patient Rights-Euthanasia
For this option, you will take a look at the ethics surrounding euthanasia (intentionally ending a life to relieve pain or suffering) and the right to live versus right to die arguments that were present within the Teri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan cases. To being, view the Craig Ewart at Dignitas (Switzerland), The Terri Schiavo Story, and the Euthanasia-Whose life is it, anyway? videos. Then, research and discuss the topic of euthanasia. For your initial post, pick one case (either Teri Schiavo or Karen Ann Quinlan) and one side of the argument (either right to live or right to die) and explain how you would have handled this particular case differently in order to protect the patient. Your initial post must be a minimum of 250 words.

TEXTBOOK: Bustillos, D. (2013). Health care ethics and medical law. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. •This text is a Constellation™ course digital materials (CDM) title.
Read from the course text, Health care ethics and medical law:
•Chapter 4: Patient Empowerment, Consent, and Rights
•Chapter 5: Privacy and Confidentiality
Additional Resource

Herron, T.A. (2013). YouTube webcam quick-start guide [PDF]. College of Health, Human Services, and Science. Ashford University: San Diego, CA.

Thomas, J. C., Irwin, D. E., Zuiker, E. S., & Millikan, R. C. (2005). Genomics and the public health code of ethics. American Journal of Public Health, 95(12), 2139-2143. Retrieved from the ProQuest database.

CBS Interactive, Inc. (2011). Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s “60 Minutes” interview [Video file]. Retrieved from
EuthanasiaInMovies. (2010). Euthanasia – whose life is it, anyway? (with subs) [Video file]. Retrieved from

Franklin Springs. (2009). The Terri Schiavo story [Video file]. Retrieved from

GematoGenTomsk. (2012). Craig Ewart at Dignitas (Switzerland). Assisted suicide/euthanasia [Video file]. Retrieved from

tnmed. (2012). Electronic health records: Privacy and security [Video file]. Retrieved from


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Recommended Resources

Fields, A. V. & Kirkpatrick, J. N. (2012). Ethics of the heart: Ethical and policy challenges in the treatment of advanced heart failure. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 51(1), 71-80. Retrieved from the ProQuest database.
Lin, Y.-K., Lee, W.-C., Kuo, L.-C., Cheng, Y.-C., Lin, H.-L., Chen, C.-W., & Lin, T.-Y. (2013). Building an ethical environment improves patient privacy and satisfaction in the crowded emergency department: a quasi-experimental study. BMC Medical Ethics, 14(8), 1-8. Retrieved from the ProQuest database.

classical ethical theories of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics

In this course, you will look at classical ethical theories of utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue ethics. You will also examine different perspectives on ethical issues introduced by relativism, ethical egoism, and emotivism. For this paper, you will apply these theories and perspectives to a current issue, selected from the list of issues below.

Choose one of the ethical issues from the list below to research and write about. It is recommended that you choose a topic you are familiar with or have thought about previously. For example, you might choose an issue that either worries you or enrages you; you might choose one that you have worked on; or you might choose one that relates to recent events in your community.

Possible Issues

Corporate executive compensation
Corporate contributions to political campaigns
Affirmative action
The media and its responsibilities
Domestic surveillance
Whistle blowing in government or in a business
Religion in the workplace
Consumer tracking
Ethical problems of gambling
Progressive taxation rates
Women’s equality

In your paper, you will apply the ethical theories and perspectives to the issue you select. You do not have to use all six, but you should apply at least two ethical theories and at least one ethical perspective in your paper. Make sure you write primarily on ethical topics and concepts; do not get distracted by doing analyses that apply political, economic, religious, or legal perspectives. Describe, compare, and apply the ethical theories and perspectives to the topics. Explain how the theories and perspectives would analyze the issue. What are the ethical issues? Where are there breaches of ethical behavior? How could each theory help people think about what would constitute virtuous or ethical behavior?

The paper must be eight to ten pages in length (excluding title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style. You must use at least five scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library other than the textbook to support your claims. You can also use the Sociology Research Guide located in the Ashford University Library. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

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