Publication Year: 2008
Authors/Editor: Bush, Shane S.
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
This book provides the reader with a solid foundation in ethical competence.
Making informed, ethical decisions and choosing the right course of action with elderly patients can prove difficult for mental health practitioners. This is especially true when patients suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other disorders that impair their own decision-making abilities. When confronting dilemmas concerning privacy, informed consent, and patient autonomy, use of an ethical decision-making model is essential.
In this book, Bush not only presents a practical, 10-step model, but through a diverse collection of case studies demonstrates how it can be implemented across numerous therapeutic settings. Nursing, social work, counseling, and psychiatry are only four of the many settings discussed.
Detailed case studies will guide practitioners through Bush's ""Four A's"" of ethical decision-making:
* Anticipating and preparing for ethical issues commonly encountered in specific contexts
* Avoiding ethical misconduct
* Addressing ethical challenges with specific strategies and goals
* Aspiring to even higher standards of ethical decision making and practice
In essence, the author offers a truly unique, interdisciplinary approach to ethical decision-making in geriatric mental health care.