Principles of Practice

Principles of Health and Social Care Practice
Assignment 3
For this assignment I will choose two ethical dilemmas that may occur whilst providing care to a service user. I will then choose and explain two ethical principles that may apply to each dilemma and then I will consider how each principle will support the ethical dilemma and also the challenges that may arise with the ethical dilemma.
The first ethical dilemma that I am going to choose is withholding the truth. According to the Collins Dictionary to withhold something for an example a piece of information that someone wants to know and you don’t let them have it (Anon, 2016). This is an ethical dilemma as it is immoral when you have a duty to disclose the information to an individual (Elizabeth, 2009). Now I will briefly explain two ethical principles and the two that I will be choosing is beneficence & autonomy. The first ethical principle that I chose is beneficence this means the doing of active goodness, kindness or charity; this will include all actions of intending to benefit others. The second ethical principle is autonomy this means the right of competent adults to make informed decisions about their own medical care. The principle underlies the requirement to seek the consent or informed agreement of the patient before any investigation or treatment takes place. The principle is perhaps seen at its most forcible when patients exercise their autonomy by refusing life-sustaining treatment (Anon, 2016).
Case Study for Withholding the Truth
There is a middle-aged woman who has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer; the nurses chose to tell her husband before informing his wife. When he got this information he decided that he didn’t want his wife to know how far along her cancer was as he wanted to her last few months to be a peaceful & carefree as possible.
I will now state how beneficence & autonomy both support withholding the truth to this specific case study and also...