Sample Healthcare Paper on Identify areas in healthcare management that present ethical dilemmas

About this Assignment

In healthcare management, leaders will be faced with ethical dilemmas that can impacts as great as life vs. death for patients. In many cases, the correct course of action may be clear, yet on others, conflicting and competing interests complicate the decision-making process. This can be even more perplexing when ethical duties and legal obligations are in conflict. As you learned in this course, there are many theories that guide ethical choices, and decisions can be defended from more than one perspective. It is critical for leaders in organizations to be able to weigh all sides of an ethical dilemma to ensure that they are making choices that will minimize risk liability while remaining grounded in the values of the healthcare professions and the organization. In a minimum 750 word essay (excluding cover and reference pages), you will identify and analyze two situations in healthcare management that contain ethical dilemmas.

Essay Prompts

In healthcare, issues involving patient care can be complex and the ‘right’ answer to a problem may either be difficult to discern or may simply be the ‘least bad’ choice of possible alternatives. For this assignment, you will identify two areas in healthcare management that present ethical dilemmas, conduct research, and present both sides of the issue in a point/counterpoint format to demonstrate that both sides of some ethical issues can be defended based on ethical theories or principles.

  1. Identify two areas in healthcare management that present ethical dilemmas.
  2. Research perspectives on each dilemma identified.
  3. Provide a counter-point argument; explain the conflicting perspectives on each of the identified dilemmas. Demonstrate how ethical theories/principles could be applied to resolve each dilemma.
  4. Once you have completed the point/counter-point, determine which ethical theory or principle is the best ethical choice in each of the two dilemmas. Defend your answer with supporting evidence, relevance of understanding your personal values framework, and sound logic.

Formatting & Sources

Please write your paper in the APA format. As part of your research, you may refer to the course material for supporting evidence, but you must also use at least four credible, outside sources and cite them using APA format as well. Please include a mix of both primary and secondary sources, with at least one source from a scholarly peer-reviewed journal. If you use any Study.com lessons as sources, please also cite them in APA (including the lesson title and instructor’s name).

  • Primary sources are first-hand accounts such as interviews, advertisements, speeches, company documents, statements, and press releases published by the company in question.
  • Secondary sources come from peer-reviewed scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Management. You may use like JSTOR, Google Scholar, and Social Science Research Network to find articles from these journals. Secondary sources may also come from reputable websites with .gov, .edu, or .org in the domain. (Wikipedia is not a reputable source, though the sources listed in Wikipedia articles may be acceptable.)