Applying the Four Principles: Case Study
Part 1: Chart (60 points)
Based on the “Healing and Autonomy” case study, fill out all the relevant boxes below. Provide the information by means of bullet
points or a well-structured paragraph in the box. Gather as much data as possible.
Beneficence and Nonmaleficence
The principle of beneficence relates to the obligation to provide
benefits and to balance that benefit against risk. On the other
hand the principle of non-maleficence relates to the obligation to
avoid causing harm (Bryant & la Velle, 2018). In case study the
principle of beneficence and non-maleficence are in conflict.
While attending physician suggested a medical dialysis for James
both Mike and Joanne agrees anonymously and avoids lifesaving medication early which could have saved the life of
James. Nonetheless, the principle of beneficence and nonmaleficence were not observed.
Autonomy is the obligation to respect the decision making
capacities of autonomous person which in this case relates to
the decision to avoid treatment for James made by his parents.
The attending physician respected this decision because
according to the principle of autonomy, it is prohibited to
disrespect first party refusal of treatment. Nonetheless, the
attending physician would have recognized that the refusal to
accept treatment by the parents were non-a...