ARTICLES : Factors influencing ethical decision making in the home setting

The process of ethical decision making does not differ according to the patient care setting. However, various factors in home care affect the way in which decisions are made. The factors to consider are the amount of time needed to make a decision, the involvement of the patient and family, the need for support systems, the difficulties with interdisciplinary communication, and the lack of an ethics committee. Recognizing the ways in which these variables affect the decision making can help home healthcare nurses resolve the ethical dilemmas they face. In addition, staff education programs, the use of consultants, and the development of ethics committees are possible strategies to facilitate ethical decision making.

Burger, A. M., J. A. Erlen, et al. (1992). “Factors influencing ethical decision making in the home setting.” Home Healthc Nurse 10(2): 16-20.

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