Clinical Ethics: Discrimination: Conscious or Unconscious “Discrimination—I don’t do that!” This may be a common response to the question: “Are you treating this patient/client any differently than the next one?” Below are three different cases in which clinicians should ponder how they would handle the situation. Your friends are asking, “Isn’t that guy at ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2000
Clinical Ethics: Discrimination: Conscious or Unconscious
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  • Angela Mandas
    Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  • Cindy Murashima
    Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
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Clinical Ethics
Article   |   June 01, 2000
Clinical Ethics: Discrimination: Conscious or Unconscious
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2000, Vol. 10, 13-14. doi:10.1044/aas10.2.13-a
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2000, Vol. 10, 13-14. doi:10.1044/aas10.2.13-a
“Discrimination—I don’t do that!” This may be a common response to the question: “Are you treating this patient/client any differently than the next one?” Below are three different cases in which clinicians should ponder how they would handle the situation.
Your friends are asking, “Isn’t that guy at your hospital?” You know that your every move could be on the news or in a book. This patient gets a private room and Internet hookups to facilitate cognitive stimulation. You step up your creative energies to provide the “highest quality patient care.” Is this ethical?
You have two new patients on your caseload. One is a 70-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease. The other one is a 32-year-old female who suffered a CVA post pregnancy. You pull out the oral motor exercises for the patient with Parkinson’s and then sit down to plan something creative for your interesting patient. Are you discriminating?
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