Posted: February 26th, 2023

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TOPIC: – Medical Decision Making

Post are comprised of three elements:

1. Your own original post (OP), responding to the topic as described

450-500 words

2. Your OP should be written in
APA format (see the “APA Style Guide” under the


Sources must be cited.

4. Write in a professional way. Do not employ text shorthand, emojis, or the like.



Physician assisted suicide

Direct to consumer drug advertising

Use of patient restraints

Organ donation issues

Personal relationships with patients

Surrogate parenting

Reporting of observed negligence

Defining clinical death

Conflicts between medical practice and religious practices

Ethical concerns arising out of the current medical malpractice legal system Ethical conflicts in mental health settings

Use this format:
Font: Times New Roman 12 pt.
Title page (name, title of paper, date submitted) No abstract
Content pages –
6 pages, double spaced. Reference page – minimum 5 references

APA style to cite resources and references. There is an
APA guide under INFORMATION.

Here is a suggested structure for your papers:

1. Briefly introduce the topic and the ethical question or conflict involved.

2. State the arguments adopted by those who argue for.

3. State the arguments adopted by those who argue against.

4. State your position and develop the reasoning that supports it.

If you feel a different approach is better, you are free to adopt it, as long as you are exploring the aspects I’ve suggested.

The most common error I see students make in their papers is failing to include adequate citation of resources in APA style.

For example, quoting from your research, you may write “Most students don’t pay enough attention to rubrics when doing course assignments, and lose points as a result.” (Crocker, 2020)

· “(Crocker, 2020)” should be an “in text” citation within the body of your writing. The full citation for “Crocker, 2020” must appear on the reference page.

Keep these things in mind:

· WHY, WHY, WHY- when stating YOUR position, “I am in agreement with Crocker’s

statement” isn’t adequate. WHY are you in agreement? On what principle or experience

or reasoning can you defend your position?

· WHO SAYS? – whenever you make an affirmative statement without a foundation, I’m

going to ask you “who says?” If it’s a third person (someone else), it should be cited. If it’s first person (you), there should be argument that supports it.

With some exploration of autonomy and privacy behind us, let’s move on to some real world issues and dilemmas.

How can you make the best decisions about your healthcare if you don’t have all the relevant information you need about your condition and all the treatment options and their risks and potential benefits?

One half the class will investigate the principle of “informed consent” and write their OP on it. If your last name begins with A-L, this is your assignment. Start with a review of the American Medical Association webpage on informed consent at

  . From that page you can drill down to pages concerning many specific applications.

How do you insure your autonomy is protected in medical decision making if you are unable to speak for yourself?

The other half of the class, M-Z, will investigate “advance directives” and post their OP on their findings. Start at

 and search for more information from there.

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