In addition to the topic study materials, use the chart you completed and questions you answered in the Topic 3 about “Case Study: Healing and Autonomy” as the basis for your responses in this assignment.
Answer the following questions about a patient’s spiritual needs in light of the Christian worldview.
- In 200-250 words, respond to the following: Should the physician allow Mike to continue making decisions that seem to him to be irrational and harmful to James, or would that mean a disrespect of a patient’s autonomy? Explain your rationale.
- In 400-500 words, respond to the following: How ought the Christian think about sickness and health? How should a Christian think about medical intervention? What should Mike as a Christian do? How should he reason about trusting God and treating James in relation to what is truly honoring the principles of beneficence and nonmaleficence in James’s care?
- In 200-250 words, respond to the following: How would a spiritual needs assessment help the physician assist Mike determine appropriate interventions for James and for his family or others involved in his care?
Remember to support your responses with the topic study materials.
While APA style is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and documentation of sources should be presented using APA formatting guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.
This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
This benchmark assignment assesses the following programmatic competencies:
BS in Health Sciences 1.2; BS Nursing (RN to BSN ) 5.2
Assess for the spiritual needs and provide appropriate interventions for individuals, families, and groups.
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Patient autonomy is about giving the patient the power to make decisions that affect their health. When healthcare workers respect patient autonomy, they acknowledge and respect the patients’ decisions even when they conflict with clinicians’ recommendations. The independence of a patient has been emphasized in medical ethics, and even though the emphasis is protecting a patient from coercion being medical professionals, it ignores the opinions of family members on the wellbeing of their family members. Sometimes, patients might want their family members’ input when making decisions that affect their health, leading to situations where family members significantly influence their members’ decisions (Sedig, 2016). As James’s father, Mike has been making decisions that affect his healthcare, and most of these decisions appear irrational. Instead of allowing his son to receive kidney dialysis and later kidney transplant as advised by the physicians, Mike is forcing his son to attend a Christian center for healing that negatively affects his already deteriorated health. Mike does not consider James’s interests, which is against the principle of patient autonomy that emphasizes what the patient wants. Since Mike’s decisions on behalf of his son are irrational, the physician should discuss what is good for James with the patient and the family members. Mike alone seems incapable of making decisions that affect his son’s health and hence the need to discuss with James.