1. Select one of the case studies presented in the Assessment 03 Supplement: Applying Ethical Principles [PDF]Download Assessment 03 Supplement: Applying Ethical Principles [PDF]
    • Note: The case study may not supply all of the information you need. In such cases, you should consider a variety of possibilities and infer potential conclusions. However, please be sure to identify any assumptions or speculations you make.
  2. Summarize the facts in the selected case study and use the three components of an ethical decision-making model to analyze an ethical problem or issue and the factors that contributed to it.
    • Identify which case study you selected and briefly summarize the facts surrounding it. Identify the problem or issue that presents an ethical dilemma or challenge and describe that dilemma or challenge.
    • Identify who is involved or affected by the ethical problem or issue.
    • Access the Ethical Decision-Making Modelmedia piece and use the three components of the ethical decision-making model (moral awareness, moral judgment, and ethical behavior) to analyze the ethical issues.
      • Apply the three components outlined in the Ethical Decision-Making Model media.
    • Analyze the factors that contributed to the ethical problem or issue identified in the case study.
      • Describe the factors that contributed to the problem or issue and explain how they contributed.
  1. Apply academic peer-reviewed journal articles relevant to an ethical problem or issue as evidence to support an analysis of the case.
    • In addition to the readings provided, use the Capella library to locate at least one academic peer-reviewed journal article relevant to the problem or issue that you can use to support your analysis of the situation. The NHS-FPX4000: Developing a Health Care Perspective Library Guidewill help you locate appropriate references. You will select at least one current scholarly or academic peer-reviewed journal articles published during the past 3–5 years that relate to your topic.
      • Cite and apply key principles from the journal article as evidence to support your critical thinking and analysis of the ethical problem or issue.
      • Review the Think Critically About Source Quality
        • Assess the credibility of the information source.
        • Assess the relevance of the information source.
  1. Discuss the effectiveness of the communication approaches present in a case study.
    • Describe how the health care professional in the case study communicated with others.
    • Assess instances where the professional communicated effectively or ineffectively.
    • Explain which communication approaches should be used and which ones should be avoided.
    • Describe the consequences of using effective and non-effective communication approaches.
  2. Discuss the effectiveness of the approach used by a professional to deal with problems or issues involving ethical practice in a case study.
    • Describe the actions taken in response to the ethical dilemma or issue presented in the case study.
    • Summarize how well the professional managed professional responsibilities and priorities to resolve the problem or issue in the case.
    • Discuss the key lessons this case provides for health care professionals.
  3. Apply ethical principles to a possible solution to an ethical problem or issue described in a case study.
    • Describe the proposed solution.
    • Discuss how the approach makes this professional more effective or less effective in building relationships across disciplines within his or her organization.
    • Discuss how likely it is the proposed solution will foster professional collaboration.
  4. Write clearly and logically, with correct use of spelling, grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
    • Apply the principles of effective composition.
    • Determine the proper application of the rules of grammar and mechanics.
  5. Write using APA style for in-text citations, quotes, and references.
    • Determine the proper application of APA formatting requirements and scholarly writing standards.
    • Integrate information from outside sources into academic writing by appropriately quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing, following APA style.


Case Study: Medical Treatment Against Cultural Beliefs
John Blackrock, a 50-year-old renowned Native American artist known for his intricate beadwork
and paintings, is diagnosed with an early-stage form of lung cancer at the Evergreen Health
Clinic. The diagnosis comes as a shock to John, who has always led a healthy lifestyle, deeply
rooted in the traditions and practices of his ancestors.
Upon discussing treatment options, Dr. Emily Stone, a young oncologist with a passion for
patient-centered care, recommends a combination of surgery followed by chemotherapy. She

believes this approach offers John the best chance of full recovery. However, John, deeply
connected to his cultural roots, expresses his wish to forgo the conventional treatment. Instead,
he wants to seek healing through traditional Native American practices, which include herbal
medicine, spiritual rituals, and guidance from tribal elders.
Dr. Stone, while respectful of cultural diversity, is deeply concerned. She’s seen patients with
similar diagnoses recover fully with the right medical interventions. She fears that without timely
treatment, John’s condition might worsen, making his prognosis grim. She’s also aware that
John is a significant figure in his community, and his choices might influence others.
Dr. Stone, recognizing the principle of autonomy, understands that the final decision rests with
John. However, she also feels the weight of beneficence, wanting the best possible outcome for
her patient.



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