The ethical dilemma I have encountered in the clinical setting is deciding between quality and quantity of life. Some therapy subjected to a patient may affect the quality of life of the patient. The quality of life addresses how good the life of the patient will be, and quantity is how long the person will live.
Step 1: Before making any decision, the objective must be identified. Decide whether the therapies will prolong the patient’s life.
Step 2 Look into different available choices apart from the therapy that can improve the
Patient’s condition. His/her quality and quantity of life (Gastmans, 2012).
Step3: Identify the values at stake. If the patient is aware of the possible side effects of the therapy, he/she may choose not to undergo these. Choosing to hide the possible side effects may lead to mistrust by the patient.
Step 4: Check whether the decision you are about to make is viable, it must not be a decision that will waste patients time, energy and money without producing good results.
Step 5: Give the decision importance and enough time before execution. Wreckless decisions have led to the loss of life and resources (Gastmans, 2012).
Step 6: Choose the best decision-making strategy that will guide you in making a better decision.