Choose a health care issue with controversial ethical and legal implications that was at the center of a high visibility case in the public domain. Some examples of issues include but are not limited to the following:
Late term abortion
Parental refusal of medical treatment of minors for religious reasons
Transplant patient selection process
Access to clinical trials by terminal patients
Gender assignment for infants born with intersex anatomy
Survivor selection in conjoined twins
Access to illicit drugs for palliative care
Withholding hydration or nourishment
Life support continuation for brain-dead patients
Medical treatment for the elderly or terminally ill
Donor organ harvesting
Use of placebo in clinical trials
Use of patient data without consent
Stem cell research and treatments
Access to treatments not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Note: There is no time frame during which the case must have occurred for this assignment. Please note, however, that any case selected must be analyzed in the context of laws and policies that existed at the time of the case in addition to current laws and policies.
Assess opposing views of current polices and the implications from both sides.
Compose a document to employees addressing recent legal and ethical issues which may require changes in how an organization operates.
Explain the value of various policies and procedures at the federal, state and local levels as they relate to the provision of healthcare and patient rights.
Plan an implementation process supporting recent policy changes.