definition, an ethical dilemma involves the need to choose from
among two or more morally acceptable courses of action, when one
choice prevents selecting the other; or, the need to choose between
equally unacceptable alternatives (Hamric, Spross, and Hanson, 2000).
Advances in medical and information technologies, increasing economic
stress, and renewed emphasis on team-based approaches to care are
among the many factors increasing the prevalence and complexity
of ethical issues in healthcare. As you work with other clinicans
to care for patients with complex needs, you will confront varying
expectations and values, some of which will undoubtedly challenge
your personal sense of morality. In this learning experience, you'll
explore a systematic approach for ethical decision-making that will
help you maintain an objective perspective as you seek a morally
acceptable resolution to values-based dilemmas.
Select the Self-Reflect tab above
to consider some common ethical challenges in healthcare.