Ethical dilemmas in caring for people with complex disabilities

Keith Andrews

in Ethics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347558
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302216 | DOI:
Ethical dilemmas in caring for people with complex disabilities

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This chapter examines ethical dilemmas in caring for people with complex disabilities. Complex disabilities can result in a diverse range and combination of physical, cognitive, and behavioural disorders that can impact variably on the individual, family, and society. Ethical decision making is informed by the principles of respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice. Dilemmas can arise in relation to decision making for those who lack mental capacity, withholding or withdrawing treatment, confidentiality, or involvement in teaching and publication. Where mental capacity is lacking, decisions must be in the best interests of the people and the least restrictive option chosen that balances duty of care with personal freedom.

Keywords: complex disability; ethics; social care; ethical decision making; mental capacity; duty of care; personal freedom; best interests

Chapter.  5303 words. 

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