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Ch 5: End-of-Life Issues & Ethics

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In this chapter is a comprehensive overview of end-of-life issues and ethics. Review engaging lessons, then test your knowledge by taking short quizzes and a chapter exam.

End-of-Life Issues & Ethics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Review the lessons in this chapter to better understand end-of-life issues and ethics. This in-depth look can help you prepare for an upcoming quiz or test, answer homework questions, or enhance your overall comprehension of the subject area. Lessons look at the termination of life-sustaining treatments, dying with dignity and euthanasia. Instructors in the lessons also explore medical futility, hospice care and life support ethics.

Lessons are available as videos or texts from your smartphone, tablet or home computer. Each lesson features a self-assessment quiz you can use to test your knowledge of end-of-life issues and ethics. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce concepts explored in the lessons. If you have questions about lesson topics, don't hesitate to submit them to our experts. After reviewing this chapter, you will have better insight into:

  • Ethics associated with the termination of life-sustaining treatments
  • Options for dying with dignity
  • The euthanasia debate and stages of acceptance
  • How euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are morally debated
  • The meaning and ethics of medical futility
  • History and effects of the modern hospice movement
  • Life support and Nancy Cruzan

LessonObjective
Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment & Ethics Learn about the ethical issues associated with the termination of life-sustaining treatment based on the case of Karen Ann Quinian.
Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options Understand the meaning of dying with dignity and its associated options.
Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance Examine death and dying as related to the euthanasia debate and stages of acceptance.
Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Moral Debate Describe the legislative decisions tied to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, and evaluate the moral debate.
Medical Futility: Definition & Ethics Define medical futility, and discuss why it is an issue of controversy.
The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects Explore the modern hospice movement from an historical standpoint, and also explore its effects.
Nancy Cruzan & Life Support: Ethical Case Study Study life support and end-of-life issues by examining Nancy Cruzan's case.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: End-of-Life Issues & Ethics
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Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment & Ethics

1. Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment & Ethics

This lesson is going to look at the different ethical considerations associated with the decision to terminate life-sustaining treatments. We will explore examples and the questions surrounding the decision to terminate treatment.

Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

2. Dying with Dignity: Definition & Options

When a person is faced with a terminal illness, they sometimes want to control the timing and way that they die. In this lesson, we'll examine the dying with dignity movement, including physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

3. Death and Dying: Euthanasia Debate and Stages of Acceptance

The end of one's life can be a difficult time, for both the person dying and their loved ones. In this lesson, we'll explore some end-of-life issues that people face, including the five stages of grief and the controversy surrounding euthanasia.

Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Moral Debate

4. Euthanasia & Physician-Assisted Suicide: A Moral Debate

In this lesson, we will explore the implications of legislative decisions regarding euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Further, we will evaluate the moral arguments regarding different types of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Medical Futility: Definition & Ethics

5. Medical Futility: Definition & Ethics

Should a doctor always treat a patient? You may instinctively reply yes but that's not necessarily true. Find out why as you learn about the concept of medical futility.

The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects

6. The Modern Hospice Movement: History & Effects

The end of life can be a difficult time for people. In this lesson, we'll examine the modern hospice movement, including the holistic approach to dying, the history of the modern hospice movement, and palliative care.

Nancy Cruzan & Life Support: Ethical Case Study

7. Nancy Cruzan & Life Support: Ethical Case Study

There are many considerations to account for at the end of someone's life. Legal, ethical, and moral issues come into play when deciding to remove a person from life support. We will look at those concerns based on what happened with Nancy Cruzan.

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