Clinical Ethics: Does Everyone Need Therapy and When Should the Patient be Referred? As clinicians, we encounter daily situations in which we must decide what is best for the patient and for the family. Acknowledging the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), we are aware that patients have rights which include but are not limited to the right to receive ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2000
Clinical Ethics: Does Everyone Need Therapy and When Should the Patient be Referred?
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  • Frances Burt
    Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • Jessica Zimmerman
    Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
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Clinical Ethics
Article   |   March 01, 2000
Clinical Ethics: Does Everyone Need Therapy and When Should the Patient be Referred?
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2000, Vol. 10, 11-13. doi:10.1044/aas10.1.11
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, March 2000, Vol. 10, 11-13. doi:10.1044/aas10.1.11
As clinicians, we encounter daily situations in which we must decide what is best for the patient and for the family. Acknowledging the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), we are aware that patients have rights which include but are not limited to the right to receive treatment, the right to access care, the right to confidentiality, and the right to choose for withholding/withdrawing treatment (JCAHO, pp. RI 4-5). Many times situations arise in which the clinician needs to discuss issues with supervisors and administrators. Below are two cases in which shared discussion with team members may lead to a better understanding of a patient and family and ultimately, to a better outcome for all.
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