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.

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