Patients have rights on what treatment they should receive. In this case, in an healthcare setting where a patient is going through a significant life event, the doctors has no right to commence any treatment without the patient approving of it. However, in the case where the patient who is going through a significant life event has no mental capacity or is too sick to make that decision, doctors should seek the consent of the arbitrator. In a case where the patient wants to terminate or get belligerent treatment due to a serious illness, the health facility should grant them their rights to significant life event. In addition, a patient has the right to refuse treatment when what they are suffering from is not life threatening or due to emotional reasons such as pain and fear of the side effects (Kang, Jung, Lee, and Kim 2016).
In a social setting where the patient is going through a significant life event and the patient chooses not to get treatment, a decision that can shorten their life, it is essential for the cancelling team to grant the patients their wish in order for them to have a quality life rather than having an unpleasant longer life. The cancelling team should also consider those patients who choose to end their lives when they are aware they are going to die soon, Instead of waiting for others to make that decision for them. In this case, an individual has a right to make the decision to live and denying them the opportunity is going against their rights (Rubin, Dolev and Mano 2016).
The right for a patient depends on his or her own circumstances and their own reasons. One’s right to refuse treatment goes hand in hand with the patient’s right. Therefore, it is imperative for me to inform a patient going through a significant life event to seek diagnosis and the options of treatment that are available in a way that he can understand. Further, I will ensure the doctor who is involved with the patient inform the patient on how he plans to administer the treatment (Mikkelsen, Lossius, Schaffalitzky, Toft and Lassen 2017). In this case, I will ensure the patient has been informed about the treatment. The patient has the right and freedom to decide on whether to continue receiving treatment or to terminate treatment. Therefore, I will ensure the health facility does not force a patient to undertake treatment. In case the organization questions the mental stability of the patient, they may ask the family or the guardian to make that decision for them. However, in the case where the patient does not want to receive treatment, they are still supposed to receive palliative care. Further, I will ensure the patient going through significant life event is given palliative care is to reduce pain but is not responsible for extending life (Falzon, Schünemann, Harausz, González, Lienhardt and Weyer 2017).
In a case where a person is faced with such an event, I will recommend that the patient be fully informed about the nature of their illness and all the treatment options available, from there they are to be given the option to decide on whether to proceed with the treatment or decline. In case the patient is not mentally stable, I will advise the family that they have a right to make decisions on behalf of the patient. Further, termination of treatment can lead to an adverse outcome on the side of the patient. Regardless of the outcome, I will not force a patient to continue with treatment when he or she does not want to but I will try to persuade and inform them on the importance of seeking treatment (Weil, Katz and Hilsenroth 2017). The patient has the right to be informed on their health status in order to make informed decision. Therefore, it is imperative for me to make an effort to provide the patient with sufficient information in order for them to make an informed decision (Franklin 2016).
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