Ethical dilemmas

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To prepare for this Discussion, select one of the case studies and consider the ethical dilemmas in the case study. Focus on the NASW Code of Ethics pertinent to the case . Remember to analyze the case from the perspective of the social worker.

Case Study 1:
A 15-year-old girl is diagnosed with cancer. She is tired of chemotherapy and being in the hospital. She tells her parents and her doctors that she wants to terminate treatment and live her final days at home and spending time with her friends.

Post an explanation of the ethical dilemma in the case. From the perspective of the medical social worker, explain which ethical standards need to be considered and how those standards may suggest different ethical courses of action. Explain how you might respond to the ethical dilemma as the medical social worker in this case. Explain two ethical responsibilities for a medical social worker in response to this case. Make sure to support your response by referring to the NASW Code of Ethics.

Gehlert, S., & Browne, T. (Eds.). (2019). Ethics in health care. In Handbook of health social work (3rd., pp. 40-67). Wiley.

National Association of Social Workers. (2017). Code of ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Retrieved from

Cole, P. L. (2012). You want me to do what? Ethical practice within interdisciplinary collaborations. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, 9(1), 26–39. Retrieved from

McCormick, A. J., Stowell-Weiss, P., Carson, J., Tebo, G., Hanson, I., & Quesada, B. (2014). Continuing education in ethical decision making using case studies from medical social work. Social Work in Health Care, 53(4), 344-363.

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