HEALTHCARE ETHICS CONSORTIUM
How Illness Changes Us:
Implications for Ethical Care
Illness and injury may lead to abrupt change or slowly shifting understanding of how patients and families see themselves and the healthcare decisions they face. Healthcare team members “meeting” patients and families in illness or injury may also find that we are changed in the course of caring and confronting challenging decisions in complex patient stories.
Confronting difficult ethical questions as health changes is a challenge along the continuum of care –
What is our responsibility to patients and families in understanding the patient’s experience?
How do we proceed when not all agree about what is a reasonable treatment course or pathway forward?