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Case Study: Scenario 1 Introduction This is the case of an elderly gentleman, Mr. P, 86 years old, diagnosed with moderate dementia who was being considered for clinical NHS care under the Mental Capacity Act. He indicated that he wanted to be brought home, but his family wanted him to be admitted to the hospital setting because he was placing too much pressure on his family, especially his daughter to care for him…
His family has however expressed that it was better for him to remain in the hospital, especially as they lived about 100 miles away from the patient and could not be adequately responsive to his immediate needs. This paper shall now discuss the different issues in this paper, those relating to the care allocated to the patient, and the ethical implications of the case. In order to protect the patient’s confidentiality and anonymity, his real name will not be revealed. This confidentiality shall extend to the carers involved in his care, as well as the evaluators for his case speaking on this BBC radio show. Protecting confidentiality or anonymity of the patient is part of the ethical principles in health practice, one which would allow the patient to be open to the health professionals without fear of their personal health conditions being revealed to other people. Body The ethical dilemmas which can be identified from the scenario include the following: whether the patient has the capacity to make the decisions regarding his care; how his best interests would be judged; and issues in the care of vulnerable elderly patients. ...
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