Unit 2 - P5
Medical ethics is a system of moral principles that apply values and judgments to the practice of medicine. As a scholarly discipline, medical ethics encompasses its practical application in clinical settings as well as work on its history, philosophy, theology, and sociology.
An example of medical ethics is in an elderly care home, if a patient has dementia and does not remember their life choice to be a vegetarian, then you would still serve them vegetarian meals, in order to respect their life choice.
Putting the service user at the heart of the provision
One of the ways in which care worker can promote equality, value diversity and respect the rights of service users is to always put the patient/service user at the heart of the service provision. This means that the patients' individual needs will be met and achieved for example; a personal eating plan to a specific individual. Putting the service user at the centre of the provision generally makes a happier and healthier patient in all areas.
An example of this would be in a hospital if a Muslim patient wanted to continue to wear a burka whilst on the ward instead of just a hospital gown then the staff must try to accommodate this, or compromise with the patient such as explaining that wearing a burka on the ward was ok but they may have to remove it for procedures, surgery etc. They may also need to accommodate prayer times or other religious aspects.
Supporting individuals to express needs and preferances
This means to not institutionalise patients, for an example in a residential home: this means having flexable eating times, and waking up times. Allowing patiens to chose for themselves what they would like to join in with etc.
The definition of empowering is to authorise another person, or group, to have the freedom to act, think, respond, initiate, and make decisions affecting their area of given responsibility.
This means that clients...