Rural Bioethical Situations: Resources for Informing Public Health Providers and Students Angeline Bushy, PhD, RN, FAAN, PHCNS-BC University of Central Florida College of Nursing [email protected] OBJECTIVES The participant will be able to: Articulate feature of the rural context and its impact on ethical situations. Identify the impact of ethics conflicts on rural health care
organizations. Discuss approaches for anticipating and decreasing ethics conflicts. List at least two resources to address ethics conflicts in the rural context. What is Bioethics?
Branch of applied philosophy that deals with moral issues in the health professions Attempts to answer the question; What is right with regard to human behaviors in matters of life and death Implies that a judgment should be made about rightness/ wrongness or goodness/badness of a given medical or scientific practice What is Rural Health Care Bioethics?
Focuses on how the unique rural context influences the: presentation of ethical challenges response to those challenges. Reflects on ethical issues encountered in the unique environment of rural settings Common(Bio)Ethical Situations
Informed consent Proxy Withholding & with drawl of life support Confidentiality Justice in the distribution of healthcare resources Advances in medical technologies/therapies Advanced directives (individual versus family versus
provider preferences/understanding) Costs versus benefits of services/care Intra/inter professional competence issues Other relative to PH and rural practice/context ? Characteristics of Rural Compared to more populated areas rural has: Small/low population density Few personnel in local health department Overlapping personal & professional relationships Isolation; great distances between resources; professionals Few specialists Small hospitals (many 25 beds or less)
Close-knit relationships; interdependence; self-reliance Economic climate; higher rates of uninsured; lower per person/family income; OSHA defined hazardous occupations Poor(er) health status Limited ethics resources ( rural-focused literature, ethicists, education, ethics/IRB committees) Features Rural Context(s)
Diversity Overlapping relationships Disease stigma Values and preferences Diffuse role boundaries Privacy and confidentiality Local versus outside preference for support Moving Ethics Upstream . . .
Promoting ethical awareness among staff/community Facilitating ethical discussions (intra/inter professional) Examining actual and potential ethical cases Identifying relevant ethical resources Establishing ethical practice guidelines
Directing activities to enhance the quality of care and the organizations overall culture Monitoring effects of bioethical educational initiatives (Bio)Ethics Resources Web-based resources Growing number of publications on rural bioethics
Little written relative to ethics in rural Public Health practice settings Needed case studies and best practice rural ethics awareness, education and decision models http://dms.dartmouth.edu/cfm/resources/rhc/ http://dms.dartmouth.edu/cfm/resources/manual/manual.pdf Implications for Rural Public Health Professionals
Integrate rural ethics content in PH professional education Implement Ethics & IRB Committees in rural communities Facilitate ethics awareness among rural residents Disseminate information on rural PH ethics initiatives Publish rural PH bioethical case scenarios to inform educators Summary Potential and actual ethics ethics issues frequently encountered in rural and urban PH settings
Ethics issues are influenced by the rural context Ethical issues have an impact on allocating resources & quality of care Go beyond reacting to ethics conflicts; PH professionals/students must move upstream to decrease ethics conflicts References
Bushy A. (2011). ANA-CE Program- Rural nursing: Practice and issues. Accessed on June 7, 2011 at: http://nursingworld.org/mods/mod700/rurlfull.htmhttp://www.nursingworld.org/ mods/mod700/rurlfull.htm
Cook A & Hoas H. (2008). Ethics and rural healthcare: What really happens, what might help? American Journal of Bioethics, 8(4), 52-56. Cook A & Hoas H. (2008). Revisiting ethics and rural healthcare: What really happens, what might help? American Journal of Bioethics. In Focus. Accessed on June 3, 2011 at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/section? content=a794419479&fulltext=713240928 Bushy A . (2006). Nursing in rural and frontier areas: Issues, challenges and opportunities. Harvard Health Policy Review, 9(1), 17-27. Grady C, Danis M, Farrar A, O'Donnell P, Soeken K, et al . (2008). Does ethics education influence the moral action of practicing nurses and social workers? American Journal of Bioethics, 8(4), 4-11.
Nelson B, Pomerantz A, Howard K & Bushy A. (2007). A proposed rural health care ethics agenda. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33, 136-139. Nelson, W (Ed). (2009). Handbook for rural health care ethics: A practical guide for professional. Accessed on line June 7, 201 at: http://dms.dartmouth.edu/cfm/resources/ethics/chapter-00.pdf Nelson, W. & Schifferdecker K (2009). Rural health care ethics: A manual for trainers. Accessed on line June 7, 2011 at: http://dms.dartmouth.edu/cfm/resources/manual/manual.pdf Nelson W, Greene M & West A. (2010). Rural Health Care Ethics: No Longer the Forgotten Quarter of Medical Ethics. Cambridge Quarterly for Healthcare Ethics, 19(4), 510-517. Pavlish C, Brown-Saltzman K, Hersh M, et al. (2011). Early indicators and risk factors for ethical issues in clinical practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 43 (1), 13-21.
Larson K & Elliot R. (2010). The emotional impact of malpractice. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 37(2), 153-155. Schlairet M. (2009). Bioethics mediation: The role and importance of nurse advocacy. Nursing Outlook. 77, 185-193. Questions??? Presenter Disclosures Angeline Bushy No relationships to disclose
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