Medical Perspective

Muslim Teaching and Family Case

By: Hospice of the Comforter Ethics Committee
Source: Hospice of the Comforter
Date: February 12, 2013
Members of a hospice team presented a case of a Muslim patient, whose family was keeping him from knowledge of his terminal status. The patient was asking, “why am I getting weaker and no one is telling me anything?” The case involved the ethical principles of the autonomy of the family and the veracity of the hospice team. The family asked hospice staff not to let him know that he was dying. The team was informed that the family wanted their father to ask for the forgiveness of God before he knows that he is dying. According to their understanding of Muslim teaching a person can only be forgiven if one seeks forgiveness before knowing about the imminence of death.

Case of Patient without Family and with HIV

By: Hospice of the Comforter Ethics Committee
Source: Hospice of the Comforter
Date: February 12, 2013
Two hospice social workers presented the case of a patient with a recorded history of HIV disease, bipolar disorder and other medical issues. His hospice diagnosis is end stage HIV. He has no family, and upon admission into hospice was no longer able to adequately care for himself, as he was living alone. The case presenters requested that the ethics committee reflect on this case in light of questions of his autonomy and the pursuit of his “best interests” for end-of-life care and appropriate placement.
Case of Patient without Family and with HIV

 


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